With harvest season for many crops approaching, farms in Arizona need workers to help bring the crops in.
But that help is getting harder to find, farmers say, as patchwork immigration laws and federal visa issues often get in the way.
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By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ Staff
Forty-six groups armed with speeches and “Farm Bill Now” buttons plan to lay out the case this week for Congress to pass a five-year reauthorization before the current law expires Sept. 30.
Source: Delta Farm Press
There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor. "This year is the worst it's been, ever," said Craig Underwood, who farms everything from strawberries to lemons to peppers, carrots, and turnips in Ventura County.
House GOP leaders are readying a one-year extension of farm and nutrition programs that includes disaster aid for drought-affected farmers, lawmakers said Thursday.