Farm labor is in high demand this year. With a bumper grape crop expected this year, many vineyard managers are worried about getting the help they need come harvest time. Changes in border enforcement have lead to effects we’re seeing the effects in our fields and vineyards.
Tony Linegar, Sonoma County's Agricultural Commissioner explains that many growers are trying to provide year-round employment, so workers are on hand when time is tight. For employees, that’s better too.
The labor shortage is resulting in more available jobs, but longer work hours too, says Juan Rubio, regional director of the United Farm Workers.
Produced by Danielle Venton. Images: 1) KRCB; 2) Courtesy of Flicker/Ah Zut.