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New University of Arizona study to count Arizona farmworkers

Farmworkers are an important part of the food supply chain, but there hasn’t been a targeted count of these laborers in Arizona  since 2008.

The state Department of Health Services and the University of Arizona are trying to make that happen  with a new study

"(Farmworkers) have higher rates of diabetes, they also have exposure rates of pesticides; we also want to talk about the heat-related illnesses that farmworkers face and how we address those to better serve the needs of them," said lead researcher Priscila Ruedas on "Arizona Horizon."

The hope is a more accurate count will help policymakers and industry leaders better address worker needs.

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Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.