Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Labor Shortage Forces Texas Grower to Destroy Crops

Lubbock--Short 20 field workers, Lubbock, Texas, farmer Bernie Thiel estimates he lost about $200,000 last year when he was forced to shred some of his crops as they sat untouched in the field. Thiel, who's been farming for more than 40 years, mainly grows fresh market zucchini and yellow squash, which, like most produce, won't wait around for workers to be available for harvest. 

For the past two years, despite advertising heavily on local radio stations and in newspapers, Thiel could not find any new workers who were willing to stick it out for the whole season. "Those who did come out were here for two or three days, maybe a week, and then they were gone," he said. Read more on the FBNews website. Watch a video news story about Thiel here.

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