Farmers battle labor shortage during harvest
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Many farmers are not able to find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples, and pears.
In some cases, workers have walked off fields in the middle of a harvest -- lured by better pay or easier work elsewhere.
Experts say the shortage is driven by a struggling economy and more jobs available in Mexico. The shortage means labor expenses are climbing and harvests are being delayed. But the shortage is not expected to affect food prices for consumers.
ag report, agriculture, ag watch
- 2 Men accused of firing 40 shots at law enforcement
- Bulldog gang members have gun battle with officer
- Fracking: Central Valley boom or nightmare?
- Growers watch hourly temps as cold snap approaches
- A wish is coming true for a South Valley girl
- Fresno supervisors approve moving coroner to sheriff
- OTRC: Paul Walker autopsy results released
- BART train evacuated after brake problem
- Family blames company for flammable water
- Man tries to kill ex-girlfriend by setting fire to home
- Blue jean bandits hit Eye Candy Fashion Boutique
- Man and two children killed in Merced fire
- Video: Fresno's Christmas Tree Lane sees big crowds
- Suspect hit in Fresno Co. officer involved shooting