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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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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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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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H-2A worker profile

Much is made of how much farmers and ranchers rely on immigrant workers, hired through the H-2A visa program, to alleviate labor shortages, but how important is the H-2A program to these workers and their families back home?

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Strengthening U.S. farm labor through surveys

The USDA collects data on farm labor that serve as the basis for employment and wage estimates of farm and ranch workers hired by farms in the United States.

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US farmers risk losing everything because of absurd immigration rule

By Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post Three years ago, Fishkill Farms owner and operator Joshua Morgenthau found himself facing a situation that is every farmer’s nightmare. It was time to prepare his 100-acre fruit and vegetable farm’s cherries and strawberries for harvest, but the workers he’d hired for the job weren’t there to help. His […]

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Filling the gaps: H-2A visas help farmers tend their fields

Workers in the US on H-2A visas are much needed to fill the ag labor shortage, but bureaucratic inefficiencies and complex housing regulations make the H-2A process difficult.

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Goats, sheep reducing California’s fire risk one bite at a time

An army of sheep and goats, often managed by herders on H-2A work visas, are being effectively utilized to combat the wildfires out west.

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Farming, tech companies struggle with labor shortages, want immigration reform

Farmers and rachers continue to struggle to find help, given issues with the H-2A visa program, causing ag labor shortages across the nation.

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