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THURSDAY, SEP 30, 2010  |  8 comments
Despite economy, Americans don't want farm work
As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no.

Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work, according to government data for a federal seasonal farmworker program analyzed by The Associated Press.

And the few unemployed Americans who apply through official channels usually don't stay on in the fields, a point comedian Stephen Colbert—dressed as a field hand—has alluded to in recent broadcasts on Comedy Central. ...


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wayneuk  Find all comments by wayneuk
I give up

Thanks sermonaudio.com for sorting out my problem

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News Item9/30/10 4:27 PM
San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
Commuting from city areas to farm areas here in California can take as long as 2 hours or more. I always thought that this distance was the main hinderance for city-folk who might want to earn extra or part-time $$ working in the fields.

It's much easier to stay in town and flip burgers or push a broom for comparable pay .

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News Item9/30/10 12:06 PM
Luddite  Find all comments by Luddite
Mike wrote:
Perhaps a more realistic reason most Americans don't go for this type work is that unemployment checks lessen need.
I thoght the reason for the decline in farm work was mechanisation.
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News Item9/30/10 11:52 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Scott, while the thought of running a farm business is indeed daunting to me, anyone can pick fruits & vegetables. We do that in Willcox several times a year at you-pick farms there. The only hard part is figuring out which ones are ripe & have few defects. Some look good but are rotten inside, while others are edible but look bad. Hmm, this sounds like a sermon illustration...

I agree with Mike's point. People will do any work if they're starving or close to it.

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News Item9/30/10 10:44 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
left field wrote:
"Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work"
If America is anything like Britain, then farm work is long hours, hard graft - for very little pay.
The idyllic picture of being out in the fresh air, green fields and healthy, only works on the movies.
Not necessarily so. Having been raised on a farm, and worked on another's, yes the work is physically demanding. However, it hands down beats cubicle life, or mind-numbing repetitious jobs. Some of the farm work pays according to effort/output, a right way to render, imo.

Perhaps a more realistic reason most Americans don't go for this type work is that unemployment checks lessen need.

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News Item9/30/10 10:09 AM
left field  Find all comments by left field
"Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work"

If America is anything like Britain, then farm work is long hours, hard graft - for very little pay.

The idyllic picture of being out in the fresh air, green fields and healthy, only works on the movies.

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News Item9/30/10 8:20 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Scott McMahan wrote:
This seems to be assuming Americans "want" farm jobs, but how many Americans these days have any experience at all working on a farm? This is not the America of Little House on the Prairie any longer. The nation would have to have a massive retraining program to create a nation of farmers again.
I was raised in the city and yet I will not need to be retrained to become a farmer when I purchase a farm in Eastern Colorado because I have studied up on raising range cattle, sheep, chickens and vegetable gardening.
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Scott McMahan | Internet  Protected NameFind all comments by Scott McMahan
This seems to be assuming Americans "want" farm jobs, but how many Americans these days have any experience at all working on a farm? This is not the America of Little House on the Prairie any longer. The nation would have to have a massive retraining program to create a nation of farmers again.
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