The latest in a series of high-profile farm sex scandals has been a problem for farmers for decades.
But in recent years, a growing number of farms are choosing to address the problem with new policies.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to farm sex, the type of farm you own, and the farm where it happens.
Farm sex is an epidemic in the farming industry because of the rampant demand for sexual favors.
A 2010 survey by the National Farm Bureau’s Farm and Rural Business Research Institute found that, in addition to farm workers, farmers and consumers are also the targets of farm sex.
According to the report, “farm sex is a major source of financial loss and hardship for farm workers in the United States, and it is estimated that $25 billion in annual farm income and farm-related employment losses are directly attributable to the practice.”
According to The National Farm Business Journal, in the past year, “almost all states have adopted measures to restrict farm-based sex.”
And many states have also created “sexual offender registries” for farmers, meaning that if a farm worker is found to have engaged in farm sex they will be charged with a crime and convicted.
These registries are typically used to prosecute farm workers for the crimes of “offending” or “fraudulently obtaining a sexual advantage.”
In some states, the offenders are even required to register as sex offenders and register with the state’s Department of Human Services, which will also monitor the offender.
While these registries have led to the arrest of some farmers and other farm employees who may have engaged or been “victimized,” a number of farmers have defended their actions by claiming that they are doing what they do to protect their workers.
Farm workers are “trained to take responsibility for their actions,” said one farmer who requested anonymity.
“If you don’t know who to call and report a sex-offender, you can’t be expected to report the sex crimes to law enforcement.”
But many farmers argue that it is only the “tip of the iceberg” and that their efforts are being undermined by a “culture of silence” and a lack of accountability for the problem.
A few years ago, the Washington, D.C.-based Farm Labor Action Network was launched.
The organization works with thousands of farm workers nationwide and is “dedicated to eliminating farm sex.”
They are also working to create a “farm justice” program, which would allow them to prosecute the offenders in a court of law.
According the Farm Labor Network, the majority of the women who are “victims” of farm sexual abuse are farm workers.
“Farm workers need protection from predators,” said Farm Labor Alliance spokeswoman Rebecca Williams.
“Farmers need to know that when they engage in farm-sex, it will be reported and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
We also need to take a stand against predators by educating farm workers about the dangers of farm-sexual behavior and by educating them about the rights of farmworkers in the workplace.
We believe it is time to change the way farm workers feel about sexual harassment.
We know that if farm workers had the power to speak up, they could prevent the abuses that are happening to farm women.
The time for silence is over.
We are the first in the industry to stand up for farm women and to demand that our farm workers have the same rights as other workers.
Farm workers deserve the same protections as all workers.”