Central Valley Farmers are Facing a Worker Shortage
It’s time for springtime hiring for many farms, but this year has been noticeably slower than previous years. Even though the summer harvest doesn’t officially start for another two months, most farms usually begin looking for workers months in advance. On top of the shortage of workers available to work, the large amount of rainfall this year means that there will be more work due to better conditions for crops. The sad reality is that many people do not want to work on farms and many people will end up feeling the pain associated with of the shortage of farm works. Joe Del Bosque, a farmer from Los Banos, states:
When we start harvesting melons in July it’s already hot and if people go out there and it’s 100 degrees people get discouraged. Usually they don’t– a lot of them just say this is too much I’ll look somewhere else or I’ll go on unemployment.
The Trump administration has certainly made it harder for immigrants to come and work on farms in the United States, which ABC 30 believes is contributing to the shortage of farm workers. ABC 30 stated:
[The worker shortage] could be in part to a drop in illegal border crossings which, compared to 2016, dropped more than 60-percent last month.
Hopefully something can be worked out to allow more immigrants to come over on work visas to alleviate the worker shortage on farms.
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