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Farm Labor Dilemma

Touch the Soil News #749 (feature photo – Benjamin Gisin, Touch the Soil News) As any gardener knows – planting, tending, watering and harvesting food crops– is not accomplished without diligent effort. While industrial crops like corn, soybeans, wheat and hay are heavily mechanized, vegetables and fruits are not. For home gardeners it is hard to imagine what it would take to harvest just one acre of intensely planted broccoli or carrots. It is therefore not hard to understand when large produce growers explained to Congress last year that America can import labor or import all its fruits and vegetables. John Oxford, a Vice President of one of the largest…

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