The Craig Fahle Show

Migrant Farm Worker Shortage impacts Michigan's Economy

August, 28, 2013

Photo courtesy of USDA

“The whole frustration over no comprehensive immigration reform is a great frustration to everyone…we need Congress to act…if we don’t have certainty in immigration we are going to see specialty crops acreage eliminated. There are farmers that won’t plant those crops if they’re not certain they’re going to have labor.” -Jim Byrum president of Michigan Agri-Business Assoc.

Many local fruits and vegetables could go unpicked due to a shortage in seasonal agricultural workers. President of the Michigan Agri Business Association, Jim Byrum talks to the Craig Fahle show about the shortage and how it could possibly affect future Michigan crops.

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