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Work authorization for farmworkers will save farms like mine: Fourth-generation Michigan farmer
This pork farmer is passing on his knowledge in a creative way
FOX Business’ Hillary Vaughn talks to pork farmers in Iowa about how their industry is faring and whether D.C. politics impact their daily work.
For American produce farmers like me, 2019 closed out a decade marked by tremendous change. We’ve watched our industry erode as tighter borders and disinterest in farming from U.S. workers has devastated our labor supply.
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National advertisements for job openings went mostly unanswered while domestic workers sought less labor-intensive work. Without enough hands at harvest, acres of fresh fruits and vegetables rotted, farmers scaled back production and every year more farms closed their doors for good.
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The H-2A temporary worker visa program helped some of us find workers from abroad, but its costs cut into already thin margins. Meanwhile, farmers who turned to undocumented laborers lived fearfully aware that they were one immigration raid away from losing a season of crops.
As a fourth-generation fruit and vegetable farmer in southwestern Michigan and a former president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, I’ve seen these problems up close. For American farms to survive in the next decade, we need a better plan.