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U.S. farmers scramble for help as COVID-19 scuttles immigrant workforce

A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat

REUTERS, JULY 2, 2020 CHICAGO – The novel coronavirus delayed the arrival of seasonal immigrants who normally help harvest U.S. wheat, leaving farmers to depend on high school students, school bus drivers, laid-off oilfield workers and others to run machines that bring in the crop. As combines work their way north from the Southern Plains of Texas and Oklahoma, farmers …

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Farms face crop losses due to foreign worker delays

Farmer looking at tomatoes rotting in his field.

REUTERS, APRIL 6, 2020 “If the farm doesn’t produce, the city doesn’t eat.” Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both the US and Canada. The coronavirus crisis is creating major delays in getting workers into the fields. WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output …

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