From California to Georgia, farmers can’t find enough workers to harvest their crops or milk their cows. Combined with Congress’s decades-long failure to act on long-promised comprehensive immigration reform, the result is that U.S. consumers are paying more for a less-secure food supply as more production moves south of the Mexican border in search of farm labor.
The House of Representatives is awash with new lawmakers. They’ve only been on the job for a few months but could present a formidable obstacle for the Trump administration as it pushes for approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Agri-Pulse Communications is expanding coverage into California and other West Coast states. Today, 2,500 new subscribers in California started receiving localized Agri-Pulse content in Daybreak and the Daily Harvest, and on Wednesday, they will begin receiving the weekly e-newsletter.
The Food and Drug Administration has identified one farm in California as a likely source of E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce that sickened 62 people in 16 states and the District of Columbia last fall, but can't rule out if others were involved.