Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Farmer Shares Labor Woes with Washington Post
Washington--A post to the Washington Post’s On Small Business blog on Sunday calls for a more streamlined process to certify immigrants to work in the United States, “particularly for farmers who risk losing their investment waiting for paperwork to go through when time is of the essence.”

Blog post author Charlene Turczyn, a Central Illinois farmer, explains farmers’ very specific and time-sensitive labor needs.

“A farmer needs migrant, temporary workers when the crops mature.  A farmer cannot wait for paperwork to move slowly through the process.  The work is temporary often lasting only one to three weeks,” she writes.  

Farmer employers need experienced workers with speed, stamina and endurance. And they need workers who are willing to move around frequently, following the crops that are in season. Few Americans possess the skill, experience or desire to do this kind of work.

“Currently billions of dollars of crops rot because of a shortage of available labor,” Turczyn said. “Tightened immigration laws will only make this problem worse.  The problem hits all of America by raising the costs of our food, including our meats.”

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