FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Farmers Face Labor Shortages
Fri Sep 27, 2013 05:42 PM CDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

In some cases, workers have walked off fields in the middle of harvest, lured by offers of better pay or easier work elsewhere.

The shortage and competition for workers means labor expenses have climbed, harvests are getting delayed and less fruit and vegetable products are being picked, prompting some growers to say their income is suffering.

But farmworkers, whose incomes are some ...

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