Labor Shortage Leaves $13 Million in Crops to Rot in Fields

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maybe they should bus in coal workers.

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jun/22/labor-shortage-leaves-13-million-crops-rot-fields/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
Last year marked the fifth consecutive year Santa Barbara County’s agriculture industry has struggled with labor shortages, which have ranged from 15 to 26 percent. Farmers, therefore, must leave crops to rot in the fields. An estimated $13 million of strawberries, broccoli, leafy greens, and other unharvested produce were plowed under last year, up from five years ago when losses amounted to an estimated $4.4 million, according to the region’s Grower-Shipper Association.

Central Coast growers do not receive government subsidies for mowing unpicked berries and veggies as Midwestern farmers do for destroying wheat or barley. Some area growers have insurance for losses from heat waves or pests but not for lack of workforce.

Five years ago, when Santa Ynez Valley grower Cindy Douglas put a call out for farmworkers on Spanish radio, she got flooded. Not anymore. Now, farmers might have a crew of five one day, and a crew of 20 the next.
 
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hmm farmers find americans can't do the job well and don't work hard enough. and of course Love the raise the wages thing cause how often that get shot down?
Well pay low wages, get low grade workers. Pay higher wages get better workers. That or they can continue to do what they are now, complain that they can't find modern day slaves and lose millions of dollars in wasted produce.
 

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er, they lost 13 million, either they pay what the job is worth or they keep losing money, it's their neck on the line.
who are they going to pay? first you have to have workers willing to do it. even more money will not get Americans to do this back breaking work and do it well. but then they loose even more money because they can't sell overpriced produce.
 

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who are they going to pay? first you have to have workers willing to do it. even more money will not get Americans to do this back breaking work and do it well. but then they loose even more money because they can't sell overpriced produce.
I'm sorry, did the illegals get deported already that you are yapping about Americans not doing the work?


funny as hell liberals yap about living wages and here you are saying that people wont buy the products because paying a decent wage will raise the price so no one wants to buy :D
 

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I'm sorry, did the illegals get deported already that you are yapping about Americans not doing the work?


funny as hell liberals yap about living wages and here you are saying that people wont buy the products because paying a decent wage will raise the price so no one wants to buy :D
funny how you conservatives:rolleyes: saying raising wages won't help.
 

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Pretty sure in this instance wages aren't the issue. The issue is there aren't enough workers that know how to do the job. Farming today isn't like in the cartoons. Those tractors and machines are super high tech and complicated.


Every play Farming Simulator? It's no joke. I think it's entirely reasonable that these jobs require at least 5 years of experience, or 1 or 2 years of relevant education in a technical / trade school.

Doesn't matter how high the wages are, if there are 10,000 qualified workers and the market needs to fill 50,000 jobs with those workers, there will be losses and inefficiencies.

Raising wages today might draw more to learn the skills and enter this labor market next year or the year after, but nothing will solve the problem today except importing labor from abroad.
 
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Are you trying to argue that it's morally acceptable to take advantage of Hispanic illegals, by paying them less and under the table? Taking advantage of human beings like that is just wrong. This can be construed as a form of modern day slavery, by exploiting desperate poor illegals.
 

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No. Get the government out of it.
Problem is without subsidies farmers wouldn't bother growing less profitable crops. Without subsidies, all farmers would grow like half a dozen of the most profitable crops, and nobody would grow the less profitable crops. So we would have to import from abroad all those less profitable crops.

Without subsidies:
The US would become more dependent on foreign imports, which is bad.
The US would become more vulnerable to a bad growing season or blight, which is also very bad.
The US consumers would send more money abroad, which is bad.
 
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er, they lost 13 million, either they pay what the job is worth or they keep losing money, it's their neck on the line.
They're not gonna pay more unless they can charge more for their crops. A lot of big farms WILL let crops rot in the field rather than sell them for pennies in profits or at a loss. They're willing to constrain supplies to boost demands.

A business man once asked me, "How many bottles of water is ideal if you have 5 thirsty customers?" I thought the obvious answer is five, one for each customer. Nope. The ideal number is 4, that way you can wring the most money out of the four willing to pay. I lack the moral ambiguity to be a good businessman.:oops:

Then find a different, more profitable crop.
Lots of profit in Mary Jane, but it's illegal in most states.:D