Almond trees suck up more water than any other fruit or vegetable. Same for any fruit bearing tree. Machines will never be able to do the delicate work that humans do. Plum and almond trees used to be shaken by machines that grabbed the bottom of trees, years later these trees were dead from the root balls being destroyed.
i see hiring signs everywhere, its just not farming industry. even my mfg company cannot find new hires. the problem with cheap immigrant labor is one, our already high population, and two, all the benefits taxpayers have to cover funding them and family. with lower population will require less workers.
The guys that work on trawlers fishing for crabs off the coast of Alaska work long hard hours and it is dangerous work with many guys getting injured or killed. Why? Because they get a share of the profits, $50,000 and up. Farmers and ranchers need to wake up and do the same thing. Pay their workers a bonus at the end of the season, instead of keeping all the money for themselves. The bottom line is this. If it isn't profitable to farm or ranch, maybe it's time to sell the land and go into... » more
It was cheap labor for these farmers and don't believe farmers are paying more -another thing is automation,many are turning to machines to do this low paying /low skilled job - machines does it more quickly and effectively as some farmers in article realize, lack of workers evidently not the huge problem as this article makes it out to be.
Then why did Trump make a big deal about undocumented immigrants taking away jobs if one day those positions would be taken up by robots? It's all a disingenuous ruse to demonize undocumented immigrants in the worst light possible to create a backlash against them as the group responsible for Americans being unemployed. Case in point: Jobs are being abandoned by undocumented immigrants, but like the article points out, but no American wants the job. That proves my point. The real... » more
"Although Trump earned Klein’s vote, he worries that recent executive orders ratcheting up deportation plans and calling for a wall are putting a chokehold on an already tight pool of workers." - This is the farm owner who is complaining, in the article, of a labor shortage on his farm. Too little too late. He knew, before he voted for Trump, that his pool of undocumented labor would be threatened yet he voted for Trump anyways. Thanks LA Times for exposing people like this who voted against... » more
@derekgrrrrr: Really? Are they paying $1000/hour? Nope.
The story is about paying $15 to $20 per hour for seasonal work. At this point. they may not know the full Legal Market Rate for that job. Keep raising the wage until you can fill all of positions with legal workers.
This is the same way that the wine farmers buy everything else.
Do they say?:
Fertilizer is too expensive, so I should steal it.
Gas is too expensive for my farm equipment, so I should steal it.
It amazes me that so many people want to come to our dying nation. I suppose the reason is that theirs is already dead...or perhaps their country was simply still born; never really alive and thriving.
@Myron Krebs Wrong again.Smartphones have only been around since 2005.Like every other technology the inefficiencies will be worked out and the economies of scale will be expanded.Just like the new driverless trucking technology,a premium will be placed on computer skills.The added bonus is that wages will rise and prices will fall due to competition.
Actually, this a good but tragic situation that once again highlights the horror of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. No more can the filthy rich growers and greedy politicians, from Sacramento just ignore what they created. And that is the New Slavery brought to us by the Dem and Rep. parties. Barack Obama had TWO WHOLE YEARS TO FIX THIS MESS AND WHAT DID HE DO? Played golf!