• Ted Andrews, CEO of HerbCo International, says the H-2A agricultural guest worker program needs improvements.
    Liz Jones for NPR
    10:58pm Aug 07, 2013
    National National Economy

    After Immigration Bust, Herb Grower Tries A New Path

    One of the nation's largest herb producers once relied heavily on undocumented labor, but has learned some hard lessons since an immigration crackdown. He says transitioning to a legal workforce was well worth it, but that navigating a cumbersome foreign worker program has been challenging.
  • American farms like this iceberg lettuce field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods outside Salinas, Calif., are facing a dwindling supply of farmworkers from rural Mexico.
    Kirk Siegler
    8:01pm Apr 30, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage

    Many farmers are cheering government proposals to give thousands of seasonal farmworkers a path to legal status. But even if the bill passes, it won't solve the long-term trend of fewer migrants coming north to work on U.S. farms. Farmers will instead have to learn how to do more with less immigrant labor.