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Old 03-22-2011, 02:36 AM
 
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This is a serious question that I am really curious about. No harm meant, just want your answers.

So in California there is a ton of farmland and avocado groves but the one thing I've noticed in that in those farming areas it's almost 100% Hispanic. I've yet to see a non-Hispanic farming. I've been in Kentucky recently and was very surprised to see that the only ones on the farms were Hispanics. They were cutting tobacco, driving farm equipment etc. I then visited some family in Michigan where there was a lot of blueberry fields and those who were farming were all Hispanic despite being in a almost 100% white county. My question is are there any farms that aren't a Hispanic work force? Serious question. Are there any white corn farmers in IL, tobacco growers in KY, any in NE, KS, SD or IA? Maybe I wasn't seeing the whole picture on my drive thrus but it sure looked like the days of the white farmer is long gone. I am not familiar with farming and have lived in Los Angeles a good portion of my life so I'm just curious.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:38 AM
 
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Are they migrant workers, maybe? I live in rural PA farm country and the particular farm I work at seasonally is owned by white farmers - two women, in fact. They hire a lot of locals - used to be mostly teenagers, but with the economy, last season particularly, you see folks of all ages. We don't have a hispanic population here, so that probably explains why we don't see hispanic workers. None of the farms I know of hire migrant workers either, just locals, and there are plenty willing to do the work. Most of the farmers around here are white, probably because many of them are Amish. I've seen good, prosperous farmers in all colors, though, in traveling around the country.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:15 AM
 
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I'm betting that the folks you are seeing are migrant workers. Recent legislation brought up in OK reinforces my "guess", since it is designed to eliminate illegal aliens. The last line of the informative article however, worries about local farmers losing everything for hiring them.
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