Jul 17, 2012
Michigan blueberry farmer struggles to find enough pickers

Antonio Leduc doesn’t understand why Michigan is offering emergency housing assistance to migrant farm workers this summer.

He has plenty of work available picking blueberries at his farm in Paw Paw, yet the state is offering housing assistance to migrant workers elsewhere who can’t find enough work picking cherries or other fruits devastated by spring frosts.

Migrant workers spread the word that Michigan’s summer pickings are slim, so fewer workers made the trip north. Many of those who did come are quitting partway through the harvest due to smaller yields or other reasons, Leduc said. MLIVE

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