Tight Market for Farmhands

Feb 19, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Wall Street Journal

Strawberries picked at California Giant Berry Farms this week were placed into containers, then boxed up for shipping.

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jean

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Feb 20, 2013
 
if they needed workers and had to hir americans the wage rate should go up. also are toxic chemicals on those strawberries causing illness.
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Feb 20, 2013
 
Hire Americans,pay them decently and I could almost guarantee there will be many willing to work,especially those who have just lost their jobs and are use to working and find being welfare degrading.

I make it a point to always wash my veggies/fruits faithfully and I never buy anything coming from Mexico. Never.
As a matter of fact,I don't even go to a store owned by a Mexican. I have no idea the meat I'm would be buying. No thanks. I have heard and read to many horror stories,I'll pass.
I guess you could say I'm very picky.

Hire Americans,pay decently and I could almost guarantee there will be many willing to work,especially those who are use to working.
Dee Dee Dee

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Feb 20, 2013
 
"Under one possible scenario, agriculture workers would earn permanent legal residency by working a certain number of days on farms each year; those who worked longer would get a green card sooner."

Let me get this straight. They are saying that we should have illegals work on farms for a small stipend in return for speeding up their legal residency..

I thought that the practice of indentured servitude was illegal. I guess it is just another law that the Ag industry gets a waiver for.
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Feb 20, 2013
 
Dee Dee Dee wrote:
"Under one possible scenario, agriculture workers would earn permanent legal residency by working a certain number of days on farms each year; those who worked longer would get a green card sooner."
Let me get this straight. They are saying that we should have illegals work on farms for a small stipend in return for speeding up their legal residency..
I thought that the practice of indentured servitude was illegal. I guess it is just another law that the Ag industry gets a waiver for.
I didn't even read the article,LOL.. Chit, after awhile it's all reads the same. Let's just stop the special treatment and enforce our laws. All this illegal immigration issue get tiring after awhile and these Politicians just want to find a quick half A.ss solution to it instead of addressing it in a way in which we wont have to deal it again or face this same problems again.

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Feb 20, 2013
 
This is why, we actually need the seasonal mexican workers....our lazy recievers of welfare, foodstamps and Section 8 housing, have no intention of any real work......
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Feb 20, 2013
 
That's the biggest lie of all. Illegal Mexicans do not, I repeat, Do not want to pick fruit. And with our technology, we can find a more sanitary way to have them harvested other than migrant Mexicans. They do not stay in California. They move all over the Country, set up housekeeping and find Construction Job's and better jobs than picking fruit. This Government needs to wake up and face the truth. They don't want to be Americans, but they want the perks of America!!! They do not want to pick crops, and if you legalize these people, entitlement's, Worker's comp. and welfare will explode to even greater numbers than they already have.

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Feb 21, 2013
 
If you were born in this country....took advantage of a free, taxpayer funded education.....then find that it is possible for these sad, desperate illegal workers can just come in and take your job that easily....SHAME ON YOU!!!!
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Feb 21, 2013
 
ronnie wrote:
That's the biggest lie of all. Illegal Mexicans do not, I repeat, Do not want to pick fruit. And with our technology, we can find a more sanitary way to have them harvested other than migrant Mexicans. They do not stay in California. They move all over the Country, set up housekeeping and find Construction Job's and better jobs than picking fruit. This Government needs to wake up and face the truth. They don't want to be Americans, but they want the perks of America!!! They do not want to pick crops, and if you legalize these people, entitlement's, Worker's comp. and welfare will explode to even greater numbers than they already have.
Thanx ronnie.
Illegals are not picking our fruits and veggies.

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Feb 21, 2013
 
I live in Florida, and illegals do a lot of the agricultural work here....most all of America's winter vegetables come from here and mexicans do much of that and citrus work.....kinda depends on how high of prices, americans want to pay for produce....
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Feb 21, 2013
 
Suadela wrote:
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I didn't even read the article,LOL.. Chit, after awhile it's all reads the same. Let's just stop the special treatment and enforce our laws. All this illegal immigration issue get tiring after awhile and these Politicians just want to find a quick half A.ss solution to it instead of addressing it in a way in which we wont have to deal it again or face this same problems again.
The best part is they are facing a shortage in California a, sanctuary state illegals are fleeing to. Apparently illegal aliens do not want to work for peanuts in any state. Are we really expected to believe that once they are given amnesty they will still accept farm work for low wages when they are obviously not willing to do it now?
Obviously there are a lot of sheeple who think so.
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
This is why, we actually need the seasonal mexican workers....our lazy recievers of welfare, foodstamps and Section 8 housing, have no intention of any real work......
If we take away your welfare, section 8 housing and food stamps you will work or starve. Does not matter to me.
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Feb 21, 2013
 
So why is it with all of the young Hispanics out there that are unemployed there is a shortage of farm labor? Hispanic unemployment ages 20 to 24 is over 14%. The unemployment rate for Hispanic men in that age range is much higher (15.8%) than for women (11.7%). It seems that the Americans who "do not want to do the jobs illegal aliens do" are primaraly Hispanic American men. Who is going to do the work once amnesty is granted since it seems, based on statistics and the comments of farmers and other illegal supporters that Hispanics only do farm work when they are here illegally?
http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpseea14.pdf
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Dee Dee Dee wrote:
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The best part is they are facing a shortage in California a, sanctuary state illegals are fleeing to. Apparently illegal aliens do not want to work for peanuts in any state. Are we really expected to believe that once they are given amnesty they will still accept farm work for low wages when they are obviously not willing to do it now?
Obviously there are a lot of sheeple who think so.
I see, thanx for the info.
I have time now , I will read the article.

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If we take away your welfare, section 8 housing and food stamps you will work or starve. Does not matter to me.
You don't know me, and you're an idiot.....YOU ARE CLUELESS ABOUT HOW NECESSARY AND WHAT EFFECT THE MEXICAN WORKERS ARE TO AMERICAN AGRICULTURE....CLUELESS.....

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these farmers crying need to step up and pay for all things that come with their so called cheap labor,as well as find a way to keep them on the farm or ranch without them sneaking into other trades bringing down wages.

i live in the valley and have not seen one add where farmers are asking for workers,not in the papers on craiglists or even at the local edd office,shows they are not wanting workers from here. laws should be past to charge these farmers when wanting imports when they have not even looked here.

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...Bullsh*t...Get off the computer and go ask the farmers and ranchers and meat processors, if they have any work....
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>You don't know me, and you're an idiot.....YOU ARE CLUELESS ABOUT HOW NECESSARY AND WHAT EFFECT THE MEXICAN WORKERS ARE TO AMERICAN AGRICULTURE....CLUELESS.....
The fact that I do not know you is proof that I am no idiot. The illegal alien is and has never been necessary to American agriculture except as a way for large corporate farms to under cut smaller operations. As I have said before I like most Americans would rather pay a few hundred dollars more a year to feed my family knowing that it means a hardworking American or immigrant can make a fair wage and work in safe and sanitary conditions rather than having illegal aliens working for low wages in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
I fully support a guest worker program with proper oversight to supply seasonal labor when it is needed but with all of the healthy, young, hardworking,, Hispanic/Americans unemployed out there (over 15%) why would we need to import more from Mexico?
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tomin cali wrote:
these farmers crying need to step up and pay for all things that come with their so called cheap labor,as well as find a way to keep them on the farm or ranch without them sneaking into other trades bringing down wages.
i live in the valley and have not seen one add where farmers are asking for workers,not in the papers on craiglists or even at the local edd office,shows they are not wanting workers from here. laws should be past to charge these farmers when wanting imports when they have not even looked here.
There was an article last year in or around September that was posted here about how Washington State was short on apple pickers. Of course there were the usual comments about work Americans won’t do. It turns out that the state of Washington agricultural department has a web site in English and Spanish that list by county the current seasonal labor requirements. Only a few counties were listed as requiring labor and all of those were listed as not having housing available. They also have a page for H1A visa employment openings. There were 0 jobs listed at the peak of apple harvest season.

http://www.wa.gov/esd/farmworkers/farm_jobs.h...

I have not been able to find a web site that connects workers with seasonal agricultural work for any other state. Seems to me if you want workers in 2013 you advertise on the internet. Unless of course you are looking to supply an underground labor market.

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Dee Dee Dee wrote:
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If we take away your welfare, section 8 housing and food stamps you will work or starve. Does not matter to me.
You don't know me.....either.....how dare you?

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Go Blue Forever wrote:
...Bullsh*t...Get off the computer and go ask the farmers and ranchers and meat processors, if they have any work....
now i do not what to read what you had for dinner,just check those sights and see those crying shoratge are lying their rears off,there is not need for immigrants legal or illegal.

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