Why Farm-worker Migration Is Booming (The Economist)

US and Canada:

Research using new robotic technology improves agricultural techniques (The Aggie, UC Davis) 

New autonomous farm wants to produce food without human workers (MIT Technology Review, 2019)

Survey: Worker shortage bringing changes to California farms (Sacramento Business Journal, 2019)

Survey Highlights Negative Trend in Worker Availability (Farm Progress, 2019)


California farms are suffering from a labor shortage. Here's why (Fox Business, 2019)

California farmers increasingly turning to mechanization due to labor shortages, says survey (CNBC, 2019)

How California's farm labor shortage made friends of old rivals (LA Times, 2018) 

Born in the USA and Working in the Fields—What Gives (LA Times, 2018)?

Could California produce soon cost you more? Farms face labor shortages, immigration woes (USA Today, 2019)

In the Valley of Fear (New York Review of Books, 2018)

How the United Farm Workers Can Regain Their Influence (Washington Post)

California’s Vineyard Workers Already Faced Long Hours, Low Pay, and Harsh Conditions. Then Came Trump’s Immigration Crackdown. (Mother Jones)

Growth in H-2A underlines need for policy changes. (AgAlert)

Cesar Chavez Day: A Legacy of Labor, Immigration (Voice of America)

Wages Rise on California Farms. Americans Still Don't Want the Job. (LA Times).

Trump Threats, Minimum Wage, Overtime Hitting California Farmers Hard (CBS News video)

As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots (LA Times)

U.S., Mexico Increasingly Competing for Farm Labor (Wall Street Journal)

Farmers fear even greater labor shortage under new Obama policy (Fox News) 

US Crops Left to Rot as Mexicans Leave the Fields for Better-Paid Jobs (The Guardian)

We’re running out of farm workers. Immigration reform won’t help (Washington Post

As the farm labor force shrinks, some Mexican workers are being brought in. And they're legal (Fresno Bee)

For U.S. Farmers and Mexican Workers, it's Tough Being Legal

Trump Administration Immigration Policies Could Hamper Some Ag Sectors (Farm Policy News

How this garlic farm went from a labor shortage to over 150 people on its applicant waitlist (LA Times

Mexico and Central America:

How Climate Change Could Drive Immigration to the United States from Mexico (USA Today) 

What's Really Behind the Decline in Mexican Farm Workers? (CNBC)

Jornaleros agrícolas temporales se quedan sin apoyo del gobierno (La Jornada)

Costa Rica necesita 100 mil trabajadores agrícolas (Costa Rica needs 100 thousand agricultural workers; El Nuevo Diario)

Climate Change: Extreme Heat will Decrease Rural Employment and Increase Migration in Mexico (LSE Business Review)

The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change (The Guardian)


UK urged to protect post-Brexit seasonal farm workers from slavery (Reuters)

On Britain’s Farms, a Shortage of EU Workers Squeezes Harvests (Wall Street Journal)

Brexit: Farmers allowed to recruit 2,500 migrants a year under new government plan to plug seasonal workforce gap (The Independent)

More Than You Can Chew: How farmers cope with shortages of workers (The Economist)

Lack of migrant workers left food rotting in UK fields last year, data reveals (The Guardian)

British farmers worry: Who will pick the fruit after Brexit? (Washington Post)


French farmer: Without migrants, European agriculture will not survive (Quartz)

Farm Worker Shortage in EU (AgWeb)

'Ghettos' and gangmasters: How migrants are exploited in Italy's tomato fields (CNN World)

The Wine Workers We Don't See (The Street)

Migrant farmers strike in Italy after 16 road deaths (BBC News)

'An employer? No, we have a master': the Sikhs secretly exploited in Italy (The Guardian)

Spain to Hire 7,000 Moroccan Farm Workers for 2018 (Morocco World News)

Spain's Salad Growers Are Modern Day Slaves, Say Charities (The Guardian)

Exploited migrant workers paid 3 euros for 370kg produce box (Info Migrants)

Illegal Immigrants Provide Cheap Labor in Portugal's Agricultural Sector (Deutsche Welle)

Exploited, hated, killed: The lives of African fruit pickers (Al Jazeera)

Italy Cracks Down on Exploitation of Foreign Farm Workers (The Local)


Humans beat robots on Japan farms as door opens for migrants (Independent Online)

Japan may be in hot pursuit of robotics, but on the farm it's still all about human hands (Japan Times)

New Zealand:

Migrant workers the backbone of the dairy industry, doing the work Kiwis won't (stuff.com)

Farming group welcomes proposed work visa changes (NewsHub)

Migrant work visa changes 'step in right direction' but MP says not enough detail (Timaru Herald)

Petition pleads for immigration law changes (Rural News Group)


Farm work for welfare trial labelled a failure, demands for agriculture visa stepped up (ABC News)

Amnesty calls grow amid rampant use of black market farm labour (Sydney Morning Herald)

Door opens for permanent migration to Australia for low-skill workers without great English, but there's a catch (ABC News)

More than $1m in lost wages recovered for 2,500 fruit farm workers (The Guardian)

Migrant farm workers launch landmark $10m legal claim (Sydney Morning Herald)


Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers (NPR) 

‘Unimaginable violence’ spurs call for Indian crackdown on bonded labour (Morung Express)

Universal Basic Income the only way to provide security to India’s poor (National Herald)


Illegal Immigrants in their Own Country: China's Migrant Workers (CityMetric)

China's Aging Migrant Workers Are Facing a Return to Poverty (Sixth Tone)

Millions of China’s Migrant Workers Returning to Rural Hometowns, Likely Due to Unemployment (The Epoch Times)

Why China's Migrants Can't Leave Poverty Behind (Sixth Tone)


S. Africa Urged to Stop Abuse of Migrant Farm Workers (Voice of America)

Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga's missing fruit pickers (Bhekisisa)

South Africa: Tensions Between White Farmers and the Black Population Fuel Economic Fears (Newsweek)

Farmer Shows Ubuntu, Gives Land to His Workers (The Citizen)