Contractors who supply workers to farmers say requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the immigration status of many of the workers create a Catch-22. Maguey Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements

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Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, in his company's greenhouse in Lower Makefield Township, Pa. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Vegetables Under Glass: Greenhouses Could Bring Us Better Winter Produce

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Las Cañadas is an ecological cooperative in Veracruz, Mexico that's working to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while producing food, materials, chemicals and energy. Courtesy of Ricardo Romero/Chelsea Green Publishing hide caption

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The container yard at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho is virtually empty. Last year at this time there were 250 containers here, ready to carry farmer's crops down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Port of Portland and onto Asia and South America. Conrad Wilson /OPB hide caption

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Northwest Legume Farmers Feel The Squeeze From Oregon's Port Feud

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Almonds hang from a branch at an orchard in Firebaugh, Calif. Despite the strain of prolonged drought, in 2014, California farms sold $54 billion worth of crops like almonds or grapes, and animal products like milk. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

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Strawberry pickers in Watsonville, Calif. Many farmworkers in the state are out of work because of the severe drought. Those who do have a job are often working harder for less money. Lesley McClurg/For NPR hide caption

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

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A truckload of seed wheat and rye awaits planting near Orlando, Okla., back in 2012, when the price per bushel of wheat was 50 percent higher than it is now. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Low Wheat Prices Leave A Gluten Glut At Midwest's Grain Elevators

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Not only did the family trade their urban life for one in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and trees, but they also earn $300,000 a year. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

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Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia on Nov. 22, 2014. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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A worker picks clingstone peaches in Greece. Most of the country's farms are small and family owned. Production costs can be high, and Greek farmers have had trouble competing internationally. Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

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Workers with Ceria wait for a pipe-welding machine to finish connecting two sections of plastic irrigation pipe in Bario, Malaysia. The company has brought mechanized farming to the Kelabit Highlands. Jerry Redfern for NPR hide caption

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"Who Gets Kissed" corn is a variety bred in Wisconsin specifically for organic farmers. It's named for an old game. At corn husking time, a lucky person who found a rare ear of corn with red kernels had the right to kiss anyone that he or she chose. Courtesy of Adrienne Shelton hide caption

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Using chemicals to control bugs or mold is common among commercial cannabis growers. But with no federal oversight, experts are concerned growers may be using dangerous pesticides. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

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Cattle stand in floodwaters at 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas. The water demolished fences and ruined crops planted as feed. Katlin Mazzocco/44 Farms hide caption

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Texas Cattle Ranchers Whipsawed Between Drought And Deluge

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A row of newly planted organic tomatoes on April 23, 2015 in Firebaugh, Calif. Some farmers are moving tomato production to the north of the state where water supplies are better. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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Coca-Cola cans on a production line at a bottling plant near New Delhi in 2013. The company decided in April 2015 not to build an $81 million bottling plant in southern India because local farmers said it might exhaust groundwater supplies. Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Now that's a big root: Sweet potatoes aren't tubers, or thickened stems, like potatoes. Sweet potatoes are roots — swollen and packed with starch. U-ichiro Murakami/Flickr.com hide caption

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