FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Labor Shorts Domestic Produce
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Mar 18, 2014 04:43 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Agricultural groups pushing Congress to act on immigration reform are linking the increased consumption of imported food to the lack of U.S. farm labor needed to grow more labor-intensive crops domestically.

Americans are eating more imported foods than ever, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration reform. Agricultural groups held a press conference in Washington on Tuesday to highlight the report's findings.

"American consumers want fresh U.S-grown fruits and vegetables, but our farmers don't have the labor force available to meet that demand," ...

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