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Ag labor: An old challenge with new wrinkles

By Christina Herrick, Growing Produce The story of the agricultural labor shortage is not new. Most everyone in the industry knows it’s impossible to grow fruit without the direct help of a large agriculture workforce to maintain and harvest it. “This is bar none the issue that keeps the industry awake at night,” says Diane […]

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Possible changes to visa program worry some farmers who rely on foreign labor for harvest

Some farmers worry that possible changes to the federal H-2A visa program that allows temporary, foreign workers to come work the harvest could put a crimp in the pipeline of foreign labor they’ve come to depend upon.

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Big worries in Vermont’s dairy industry

In this episode of NPR’s On Point, the discussion utilizes the Vermont dairy industry’s woes as a case study for the larger issue of the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration and its effects on agricultural labor nationwide.

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H2A program ‘broken,’ immigration battle straining the system

President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and immigration reform is shaking up Washington, but it also has the agriculture industry worried about losing more labor.

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Farm bill could extend visas

A new bill announced in early January would allow foreign workers with appropriate visas to do farming work in the United States for spans of three years.

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Will Trump’s tough talk on immigration cause a farm labor shortage

Many farmers supported President Donald Trump despite his hard-line stance on immigration. So as the new Trump administration takes office, what’s the thinking of those involved in the region’s biggest industry?

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US farmers requesting more visa workers

The number of temporary agricultural workers requested through the H-2A program has nearly tripled in the past decade, from nearly 51,000 in 2005 to almost 146,000 in 2015, but the process remains difficult to navigate and in need of change.

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Farmers look ahead to a year of unknowns

Got a crystal ball? Or, more in step with the times, a prognosticating drone? The agricultural outlook for 2017 is cloudy, including uncertainty about the H-2A Visa program.

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Never mind border wall, legal immigration system is the big fix

Just 2 percent of labor demand is met through the H-2A visa program, creating a massive black market.

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West Coast H-2A minimum wage likely to increase

The minimum wage for H-2A visa foreign guestworkers in Washington and Oregon likely will rise 5.44 percent to $13.38 per hour in 2017, making it the highest in the nation.

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