labor shortage

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Growers Struggle to Cope with Farmworker Shortage

From JoplinGlobe.com, “Growers struggle to cope with farmworker shortage” McClatchy Newspapers, 7 Jun  2012. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kevin Steward has spent more than a quarter-century in agriculture, much of that growing grapes for wineries. He’s always been able to rely on seasonal workers to tend the vines and bring in the year’s harvest. But this … Continue reading

Farmers Report Early Signs of Labor Shortages

From AgAlert.com, California Farm Bureau Federation, Steve Adler, 9 May 2012. As crops around the state are being planted, pruned, fertilized and watered in anticipation of a bountiful harvest, there’s a dark cloud forming overhead. The concern on farmers’ minds is whether there will be enough agricultural workers to get everything harvested. Reports of labor … Continue reading

Asparagus Left in the Field Shines Light on Immigration

From Tri-CityHerald.com, Tri-City Herald Editorial Staff, 6 May 2012. When a recent story ran about Mid-Columbia farmers who abandoned their asparagus fields because they couldn’t find enough workers to harvest the crop, several thoughts came to mind. It’s sad for the farmer who worked to bring the crop to fruition. It’s sad for the asparagus … Continue reading

Georgia Farmers Face Another Worker Shortage Because Of Harmful Immigration Law

From ThinkProgress.org, Amanda Peterson Beadle, 13 Apr 2012. As soon as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a harmful immigration bill into law last year, farmers saw an immediate exodus of thousands of skilled immigrant farm workers. Without enough workers, millions of dollars in crops rotted in the fields because there was no one to harvest them. Officials suggested … Continue reading

As Tide of Illegal Immigrants Goes Home, Will US Economy Suffer?

From MinnPost.com, Lourdes Medrano, Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr 2012. The steady stream of immigrant workers who used to line up at Tim Dunn’s Arizona farm, ready to pick vegetable seed crops like black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans, has mostly dried up. “We just don’t see people walking up, looking for jobs like they used to,” he says. … Continue reading

Michigan Asparagus Farmers Need Workers to Harvest Early Crop

From MichiganRadio.org, Lindsey Smith, 10 Apr 2012. Michigan’s asparagus season has started early because of the warmer than usual weather this spring. But farmers are worried they don’t have enough workers to harvest the crop. “Being a former migrant worker I can tell you that in the past Michigan has had a wealth of workers … Continue reading

Farmers Support Illegal Immigrant Work Program

From KBIA.org, Peggy Lowe, 6 Apr 2012. It’s a long way from Forget-Me-Not Farms to the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. But T.J. Curtis, a dairy farmer from Cimarron, Kan., drove the 300 miles because he’s desperate for workers for his family’s operation in western Kansas, where they want to hire another 75 people. He … Continue reading

Berry Farmers Can’t Find Good Help – Blame Immigration Policies

From Latino.FoxNews.com, Lloyd Sowers, 22 Feb 2012. Despite high unemployment in the Tampa Bay area, strawberry farmers in Plant City say they’re having trouble finding workers. “These berries don’t turn on and off with a light switch. We have to harvest them the day they’re ready,” said Carl Grooms, owner of Fancy Farms. Grooms is … Continue reading

Washington Ag Leaders: Immigration Reform Vital for Economy

From Yakima-Herald.com, David Lester, 18 Feb 2012. ELLENSBURG — More Washington farmers are expected to turn to a federal foreign guest worker program out of concern that last fall’s labor shortage will only get worse in 2012, employer advocates say. And Washington’s agriculture director said he believes solving agriculture’s labor needs through comprehensive immigration reform … Continue reading

Ag Labor Shortage Likely to Continue

From AgJournalOnline.com, Candace Krebs, 7 Feb 2012. Greeley, Colo. —Tougher anti-immigration laws have slashed the available pool of farm labor, leading to worker shortages nationwide, millions of dollars in lost crops and increased urgency to reform the temporary worker visa program to make it more effective for agricultural employers, according to one official who represents … Continue reading

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