Western Growers report underscores lack of labor

11/07/2011 10:48:00 AM
Tom Karst

Other alternatives, including improved guest worker programs and plans to employ existing workers in agriculture, haven’t picked up momentum.

“There doesn’t seem to be much courage in Congress to make that happen, even though farmers are experiencing labor shortages and crops are dying in the fields and more of our agriculture and food production is being moved offshore.

The long-term result of a tight labor market probably will be less fresh produce grown in the U.S., Resnick said.

“I’ve heard of growers cases of growers who are planting less or they are moving operations to Mexico or other places offshore, or moving to grains, cottons or other crops that can be easily mechanized,” Resnick said.

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Raleigh NC  |  November, 07, 2011 at 03:19 PM

It would be interesting to find out what the unemployment rate is in the counties mentioned. Staggering to think that in a nation suffering its worst unemploment in decades that there are jobs going begging. Can the unemployed still get checks if there are agriculture jobs that they refuse to do?

Gainesville, GA  |  November, 07, 2011 at 07:32 PM

It occurs to me that something is amiss. A job is a job when it comes to feeding your family and supporting yourself in THIS economy!

Oregon  |  November, 08, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Limit unemployment checks to six months, no amensty for illegals, no more birthright citizenship, implement a guest worker program footed by the employer and force all workers to return home after a maximum two-year contract. No bringing of families to the USA.

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