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      Manistee Co. farmers in federal court for migrant worker pay

      The federal government is accusing a northern Michigan farm of failing to pay minimum wage to migrant workers.

      A lawsuit filed in Grand Rapids federal court also accuses Darryl Howes and Ron Howes of providing inadequate housing to workers during the 2011 season. The Howes farm in Manistee County grows cucumbers that are turned into pickles.

      In a court filing last week, the farmers denied the allegations. Darryl Howes says U.S. Labor Department investigators interrupted his business during a summer 2011 visit by trying to interview employees.

      The farm wants the lawsuit dismissed and is asking a judge to award legal fees.