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Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-201) 46 pp

November 2018
Farm Labor Markets in the United States and Mexico Pose Challenges for U.S. Agriculture

by Steven Zahniser, J. Edward Taylor, Thomas Hertz, and Diane Charlton

The U.S. farm labor market shows many signs of tightening, including a shrinking supply of farm labor from rural Mexico—the source of most foreign-born farmworkers in the United States. Immigration trends suggest that rural Mexico is not likely to generate a steady supply of farmworkers for U.S. agriculture over the long term.

Keywords: farm labor, immigration, H-2A program, United States, Mexico

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