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Washington Insider -- Wednesday
Wed Mar 13, 2013 05:35 AM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

Farmworkers Could be Even Scarcer in the Future

Americans' distaste for fruit and vegetable field work combined with ongoing immigration reform problems have hit the labor-intensive U.S. produce sector particularly hard. Reports from around the country, and especially from California, indicate that finding adequate numbers of skilled field workers is becoming difficult to nearly impossible for a number of farm operators.

California's agriculture industry produces more than $40 billion annually, much of which requires hand labor. As it is, the California ...

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  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
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  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
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