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Growers Struggle to Cope with Farmworker Shortage

From, “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

Asparagus Left in the Field Shines Light on Immigration

From, 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

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

From, 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

Farmers Support Illegal Immigrant Work Program

From, 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

Immigration Reform 2013

From, Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor, 27 Feb 2012. After 2012 elections, reform might be possible The bad news, if it’s even news, is that national, comprehensive immigration reform isn’t going to happen this year. That was the consensus of a panel of experts at the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley last month. Participating … Continue reading

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

From, 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, 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

Mexican Ambassador Sarukhan Visits Valley

From, Heather Somerville, The Fresno Bee, 16 Feb 2012. Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan’s visit to Fresno on Thursday — a first by Mexico’s top representative in the U.S. — underscored the robust relationship between Mexico and the Valley and highlighted concerns about protecting the region’s agriculture industry from anti-immigrant legislation. Sarukhan spent the day … Continue reading

Farmers Still Fighting for Immigrant Guest-Worker Program

From, Michael Doyle, 10 Feb 2012. WASHINGTON — California and Southern farmers renewed their case Thursday for some kind of an agricultural guest-worker program, but they’re sailing against the wind. Make that a hurricane. Buffeted by campaign-season currents and the inherent complications around immigration, the farmers this year face excruciatingly long odds as they … Continue reading

Ag Labor Shortage Likely to Continue

From, 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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