> As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

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Hell_Is_Like_Newark
#1 2017-11-14 18:58:21

As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Convincing big U.S. dairy owners to buy robots to milk their cows - and reduce the farmhands they employ - used to be a tough sell for Steve Fried. Recently, his job has gotten easier, he says, in part because of President Donald Trump. “I get calls on a daily basis and it typically starts with, ‘I don’t want to deal with this labor headache any more’,” said Fried, sales manager for Lely North America, which makes robotic dairy milking and feeding systems. Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration through stepped-up arrests and border enforcement has shaken the U.S. agricultural sector, where as many as 7 in 10 farm workers are undocumented, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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In the meantime, farmers are raising wages. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent farm labor report shows average wages during the week of April 9 to 15 were $13.23 per hour, up 4 percent from the same week a year ago. “The mantra in agriculture right now is automate what you can and pay well for the labor you absolutely have to have,” said Paul Pittman, CEO of Farmland Partners Inc, (FPI.N) a real estate investment trust that invests in North American farm land.

To win the loyalty of its full-time production workers, garlic grower Christopher Ranch decided to raise pay by 50 percent between 2016 and 2018, getting a four-year jump on California’s mandated $15 minimum wage that will take effect in 2022.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trum … SKBN1DA0IQ

No mention in the article of the indirect cost savings (welfare, crime enforcement, etc) of not having illegals here.

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Tom Leykis
#2 2017-11-14 19:23:22

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

Dry up the demand for illegal labour.  Brilliant!

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#3 2017-11-14 19:30:58

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

Post this in your hate blog, not here.

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Walter S Dempsey
#4 2017-11-14 19:38:59

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

All this so greedy landowners may avoid paying citizens a fair wage.

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#5 2017-11-14 19:58:46

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

We can pick avocados with drones.  Really.
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anon user #2.1
#6 2017-11-14 20:05:04

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

up 4 percent from the same week a year ago.

Wow so an increase just barely above the standard 3% inflation rate.  And when they describe themselves as desperate too.

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anon user #2.1
#7 2017-11-14 20:05:23

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

Walter S Dempsey wrote:

All this so greedy landowners may avoid paying citizens a fair wage.

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Hell_Is_Like_Newark
#8 2017-11-14 21:00:02

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

. wrote:

We can pick avocados with drones.  Really.
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Automation fruit picking is already becoming a reality.  What has held it back is bringing in foreign labor (legal and illegal) is less expensive.

http://www.energid.com/experience/citrus-harvesting/







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Walter S Dempsey
#9 2017-11-14 21:22:44

Re: As the flow of illegals is reduced, farm wages rise, and farmers look to automate.

Hell_Is_Like_Newark wrote:

Automation fruit picking is already becoming a reality.  What has held it back is bringing in foreign labor (legal and illegal) is less expensive.

http://www.energid.com/experience/citrus-harvesting/







These machines require skilled, decently-paid tradesmen to maintain. A net gain for American citizens, for now.

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