Californian farmers seek Central America labor
The search for a steady labor force has some Valley growers working with government leaders in Central American countries.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Farmers face a growing uncertainty over the supply of workers from Mexico. Without the personnel to harvest the crop food would rot in the fields. It is a scenario farmers fear so they've been working with leaders in Central America to try to establish a guest-worker program.
The government created the temporary resident subcategory by decree for the Panama Canal expansion projects.
The law will allow the hiring of part-time staff by hours and will have an initial term of 36 months.
Californian farmers organized an agricultural summit in Fresno to seek ways of bringing more Central American workers to the United States to harvest their crops.
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