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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Farms adjusting to life without immigrant labor: Report

Farmers addicted to cheap illegal immigrant labor are facing disruptions, but not devastation, as they adjust to world with fewer unauthorized workers, according to a new report Thursday.

The Migration Policy Institute found that farms are plugging gaps by using machines, enticing workers to stay by offering health care — and are even tapping legal guest workers to fill empty jobs.

Its analysis said warnings from immigrant-rights advocates of food shortages have not generally come to pass. The agriculture industry, it says, has seen an upheaval as farmers shift strategies to try to deal with the evolving labor force.

Mechanization — either as a replacement or as assistance to current workers — is growing, as is better treatment of migrants in the hopes that they’ll stick around. Indeed, the days of field workers ranging from farm to farm with each seasonal crop are over, and farms are making a push to keep their workforce stable and in place through better conditions and bonuses.



Anonymous said...

Yea without ILLEGAL immigrant labor......too bad !!!!!!
More jobs for Americans then ...............a good thing !!

bayman said...

Yea, get rid of your illegals or get arrested.

Anonymous said...

Should have ALways been that way 1:21 !!! But Thanks to

Demon-crats and their OPen Border policys Illegals POURED
IN ..........incl MS-13 !!!!!

Thanks to Hillary and Obama most recently !!!!!!!