Agriculture struggles to find U.S. workers

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Agriculture struggles to find U.S. workers

Karla Macias, right, pulls a few onions from her pockets as she works with a small group at a field outside of Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
Rows of what will be onions stretch out behind Karla Macias as she works at a field outside of Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match.
Rick Tijerina sets out onions to be transplanted as he walks along the rows of a field outside Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
Tape is wrapped around the hands of Rosa Caudillo to protect them as she transplants onions in Dave Petrocco’s fields outside Platteville, Colo. Petrocco currently has no workers from the H-2A program, he still relies on a dwindling number of U.S. workers to help with production. Farmers that do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
A field worker passes by an onion already transplanted at a field outside Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.

Agriculture struggles to find U.S. workers

Karla Macias, right, pulls a few onions from her pockets as she works with a small group at a field outside of Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
Rows of what will be onions stretch out behind Karla Macias as she works at a field outside of Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match.
Rick Tijerina sets out onions to be transplanted as he walks along the rows of a field outside Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
Tape is wrapped around the hands of Rosa Caudillo to protect them as she transplants onions in Dave Petrocco’s fields outside Platteville, Colo. Petrocco currently has no workers from the H-2A program, he still relies on a dwindling number of U.S. workers to help with production. Farmers that do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.
A field worker passes by an onion already transplanted at a field outside Platteville, Colo. Many agricultural producers struggle to find workers. It’s tough work, and the wages for oil and gas or construction are hard to match. Farmers who do use the H-2A program have to pay more for a variety of expenses in addition to wages. H-2A participants are non-immigrant workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs.