Farmers Looking For Workers

Farms are having a difficult time finding enough people to work the fields, and it's not just an immigration issue. While the recent illegal immigration crackdowns have had an impact on the agricultural workforce, that's not the only reason the farming industry is struggling to find enough workers. Mark O'Neill with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says farm families are having generational difficulties, including children leaving the line of work and overall declining birth rates. O'Neill says there are other factors as well, like the long days and difficult work, and that has farmers seeking new and creative ways to find a reliable workforce. The federal H2-A program has attempted to ease the shortage of migrant workers by allowing employers in the U.S. to temporarily bring foreign employees into the country, but that's experienced mixed levels of success.