AP STORY: Labor shortages, a new reality in agriculture?

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I’m usually a big skeptic when it comes to labor shortages in agriculture. I put on my reporter hat and ask: are these shortages real, or are they just slogans used by the agriculture industry to advance an agenda? I say this, because for years – for decades – the U.S. had been awash in farmworkers streaming in from Mexico. …

AP STORY: America at the Tipping Point

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After living for some time in Central California, America’s top farming region – where more than 250 different fruits and vegetables are grown! – you can’t help but notice the disparities and imbalance. On one side, the farmworkers, who often earn wages well below the poverty line – because farm labor is a seasonal occupation and because it pays little. …

AP STORY: Deferred Action for workers

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Thousands of young immigrants lined up last week across the country hoping for the right to work legally in America without being deported. The Obama administration’s new program – called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA for short – is meant for those who came to the U.S. as children, grew up steeped in American culture and have little or nothing to …