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Agri-businesses face labor shortage


Last updated 9/6/2012 at Noon

Del Rey Avocado Company in Fallbrook is currently staffed by plenty of experienced and legal workers. However, if immigration laws aren

Regional agriculture businesses have dealt with challenges from thrips, psyllid, and water shortages for decades, but the biggest test to the industry’s future may be a present and looming labor shortage.

Agri-business leaders in California and throughout the country have been sounding the alarm for years, that unless and until a new comprehensive immigration agreement can be reached by U.S legislators, growers may soon be forced to plow under their groves and fields, not because of pests and water shortages, but for a lack of skilled laborers.

California, some in the industry say, may...

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