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July 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Fewer workers cross border, creating U.S. farm labor shortage

A crackdown on illegal immigration, more job opportunities in Mexico and rising fees charged by smugglers are reducing the number of workers who cross the U.S. border illegally each year to help make up more than 60 percent of U.S. farmworkers. The American Farm Bureau Federation projects $5 billion to $9 billion in annual produce-industry losses because of the labor shortages.

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