It’s time to look for farm labour with a fresh set of eyes

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Opinion

Photo credit: Via Flickr, Paul Xymon Garcia, 2010 Thanks to automation and good management (and perhaps necessity), some producers can farm vast tracts of land themselves with minimal help. But not all farmers are so fortunate. Certain industries, fruit and vegetables for example, require an exceptional commitment to human resources – along with hard work that modern-era Canadians simply haven’t wanted to do. Foreign workers have filled the gap, through temporary and seasonal worker programs. Number-wise, they’ve been a success and are an ingrained part of Canadian farming culture. Last year 39,700 foreign workers came to Canada through these programs,…

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