Labor shortage gets worse


Oregon cherry growers are experiencing labor shortages, along with farmers across the country.

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Oregon cherry growers are experiencing labor shortages, along with farmers across the country.

“It started last year, and it has become very apparent this year. There are not enough hands to pick our crops,” [cherry grower Mike Omeg] said.

[Frank Gasperini, executive vice president of the National Council for Agricultural Employers] said several factors are contributing to the farm labor shortage, including that Congress refuses to tackle comprehensive labor reform and that states are adopting a patchwork of immigration legislation.

Also, Gasperini said, fewer Latinos are attempting to cross the border to the U.S. due to an improved economy in Mexico, coupled with tightened border security.

Read more at Capital Press.

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