Farmers May Switch Crops Due to Labor Shortage

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Workers harvest chili peppers on Ed Curry's farm in Pearce, Ariz. i

Workers harvest chili peppers on Ed Curry's farm in Pearce, Ariz. Ted Robbins, NPR hide caption

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Workers harvest chili peppers on Ed Curry's farm in Pearce, Ariz.

Workers harvest chili peppers on Ed Curry's farm in Pearce, Ariz.

Ted Robbins, NPR

Farmers may change their crops due to the shortage of immigrant labor. Of all crops, fresh fruits and vegetables are the most labor intensive. Lettuce, strawberries and broccoli all have to be picked by hand. In Arizona, one farmer passes on chili peppers to plant corn, which is harvested by machine.

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