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Farmers desperate for workers

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Data collected by the Department of Labor shows an increased demand for foreign farm workers.

In the first quarter of 2018, the Department of Labor certified 15-percent more positions than in the first quarter of 2017. Overall, the demand for farm labor through the foreign worker H-2A program, which is up over 100-percent compared to five years ago. However, farmers are still having trouble finding workers.

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) economist Veronica Nigh says the data her organization collected supports comments from farmers who say they are having trouble finding workers.

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