Florida farmers worry about harvesting crops - WFLA News Channel 8

Florida farmers worry about harvesting crops

Posted: Updated:
Florida orange groves (file photo) Florida orange groves (file photo)
This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December
This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December
This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December This strawberry crop in Plant City requires at least 200 workers during the harvest season coming up in November and December

The government shutdown may have ended, but for some farmers in Florida the difficulties may lay ahead.

The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association reports that some berry and citrus farmers across the state are finding difficulty in getting harvesters for this year's crop.

As a result of the government shutdown, the FFVA says farmers may encounter a back-log when it comes to acquiring foreign workers who usually take part in the Department of Labor's Guest Worker Program.

In 2012 citrus and berry farmers employed about 9,000 laborers to harvest their crop.

A percentage of those employed were foreign workers working in the state through the guest worker program.

With harvest season approaching, some farmers worry their crop won't be picked if worker numbers aren't adequate.

Plant City strawberry farmer, Carl Grooms, says he's made as many preparations as possible to compensate for a lack of workers.
 
"I have made applications to bring in another group by December to start harvesting with the additional ones I have here," Grooms said.

Grooms adds that foreign workers are vital, especially with a lack of domestic help.

"Year after year, there's been less and less of them because we can't depend on them to be here everyday that we need them."

Related Content: Strawberry farmers faced heat from weather, competitors

  Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl



  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    FDLE opens investigation into Spring Hill sinkhole home

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:52:00 GMT
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into whether a Spring Hill home seller committed fraud by lying about a sinkhole under the home. This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that showed that Glenn Jasen, the former homeowner, cashed a check from Citizens Property Insurance for $153,745 in January 2009. But he didn't use the money to fix the sinkhole. Instead, Jasen sold the home to Kelly Magbee's family in March. The Magbees moved in with their five ch...
  • UPS won't pay for Tampa veteran's damaged computer

    UPS won't pay for Tampa veteran's damaged computer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:31:49 GMT
    The damaged computerThe damaged computer
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.
  • Sales Tax Holiday for appliances this weekend

    Sales Tax Holiday for appliances this weekend

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:49:17 GMT
    You can buy appliances tax free this weekend Sept. 19-21 but they have to be energy and water efficient, Florida Department of Revenue announced this week.
    You can buy appliances tax free this weekend Sept. 19-21 but they have to be energy and water efficient, Florida Department of Revenue announced this week.
  • NewsMore>>

  • President visits MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

    President visits MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:37:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday.
  • Man attacks 80-year-old woman in Winter Haven robbery

    Man attacks 80-year-old woman in Winter Haven robbery

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:10:31 GMT
    Winter Haven police are looking for a man they report attacked an 80-year-old woman during a robbery.
    Winter Haven police are looking for a man they report attacked an 80-year-old woman during a robbery.
  • Three Tampa Bay area Arigatos close. Leaves workers payless.

    Three Tampa Bay area Arigatos close. Leaves workers payless.

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:56:39 GMT
    Employees of three Arigato Japanese in the Tampa bay area are fuming mad. “It's a shame that they're treating us this way” said server, Jamie Burns.No warning. Just closed, for good! One in Clearwater, another in St. Petersburg, a third in Tampa... Shut down!
    Employees of three Arigato Japanese in the Tampa bay area are fuming mad. “It's a shame that they're treating us this way” said server, Jamie Burns.No warning. Just closed, for good! One in Clearwater, another in St. Petersburg, a third in Tampa... Shut down!
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:25:20 GMT
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
  • Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:23:50 GMT
    Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
  • 'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice selling New Jersey home before sentencing

    'Real Housewife' Teresa Giudice selling New Jersey home before sentencing

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:54:06 GMT
    Photo Courtesy Today.com via ZillowPhoto Courtesy Today.com via Zillow
    After pleading guilty to a money fraud scheme, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Joe and Teresa Giudice have put their ornate suburban mansion on the market for $3.999 million.
    After pleading guilty to a money fraud scheme, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Joe and Teresa Giudice have put their ornate suburban mansion on the market for $3.999 million.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.