From The Republic:
Kevin Steward has spent more than a quarter-century in agriculture, much of that growing grapes for wineries. He’s always been able to rely on seasonal workers to tend the vines and bring in the year’s harvest.
But this year, workers are harder to come by.
“I could use 30 men,” Steward said. “We’ll get ’er done, but I can’t find anybody.”
Growers throughout California’s fertile Central Valley are wringing their hands as they struggle to find the manpower they need.
Anti-immigration laws and policies, an aging population, and even a raging drug war south of the border all are contributing to a slowdown in the pipeline of Mexican workers that for so long have fueled the farm industry, experts say.
For more, see: Growers struggle to cope with farmworker shortage