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-- all part of the country where there are planning a job openings but no takers because they cannot find the workers farmers and have hardly enough pickers the hall and the crops and Dan Springer is out on that.
In the Pacific northwest and Seattle how severe is the shortages there in Washington for workers.
Well bill it's really bad you know the one point five billion dollar apple industry is really afraid asparagus is the first labor intensive crop of the year and growers in that industry you're leaving hundreds of acres or about.
10% of their crop on caught.
One official estimates -- -- in the farmers altogether in the state about 200000 dollars a day to walk away from a vegetable that is getting more popular.
And one people are willing to pay -- -- -- pump for the grocery store.
A tighter southern borders of course slowing the flow of illegal workers into the state.
And a huge pool of unemployed Americans simply will not do the work for the average ten bucks an hour that farmers -- pain.
-- listen the asparagus commissioner when asked about -- the requiring people who are collecting unemployment benefits to work in the fields.
I'm pretty confident that idea of the average unemployed citizen in Franklin County.
Came out to cut asparagus it would be an unmitigated disaster.
It's it's hard work.
And you've got to be of productive.
Doesn't sound like you want -- employment of Franklin County is over 10% and people can collect benefits for 73 weeks -- the top pay.
Five and an 83 dollars a week -- but so acquire the farmers why are they paying mortar track workers as they wanna do that -- Well -- good questions studies show at some point you would hit a wage that Americans would do work for critics of agribusiness say the farmers.
Have relied for wait too long on cheap illegal labor and it's time to pay a living wage for what is really tough war.
For some reason agribusiness seems.
To think that they're -- from paying a living wage -- from providing suitable conditions for workers.
And I they think that because they -- to get away with it.
Growers say if you raise labor -- you raise the price of groceries which hurts every American and they contend foreign competition.
When it's even cheaper labor will squeeze them out -- I'm Dan -- thank you reducing take on that thank you Dan.
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