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For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

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Workers place the berries directly into the plastic clamshell packages that shoppers will find in stores. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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In Florida, Strawberry Fields Are Not Forever

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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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Migrant workers harvest strawberries at a farm near Oxnard, Calif. Ventura County is one of two counties where labor organizers hope to get a Bill of Rights passed to protect farm workers from abuse and wage theft. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Harvesting oranges near Arcadia, Fla. The sacks that workers carry weigh about 90 pounds when they are full of fruit. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Guest Workers, Legal Yet Not Quite Free, Pick Florida's Oranges

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José Anzaldo, the son of migrant farmworkers, has been to seven schools in three years. He's the subject of a documentary premiering Dec. 28 on PBS. Kate Schermerhorn/Courtesy of ITVS hide caption

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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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Food banks have become a primary source of nutrition for rural farmworker communities in the Central Valley. Scott Anger/KQED hide caption

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker's Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

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Agricultural work, which is physically demanding, is also a risky business venture. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

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The Michigan Gala apples on this packing line will soon be in short supply. After a mild fall and winter, then a late-April freeze, Michigan's apple cultivation has dropped 90 percent. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead

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