Trump's stringent immigration policies are ominous for farmers

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July 03, 2017
The agriculture sector is likely to be a very troubled victim of deportations.

The Farm Bureau's research fears Trump's federal immigration policy to be likely to result in a shortage of farm labor shortage across America. It is speculated that domestic fruit output could fall by 30-61 percent and vegetable production could drop by 15-31 percent. The livestock and slaughterhouse industries could also see a decline by 27 percent, since both rely heavily on immigrants.

Last year, Trump's family vineyard in Virginia applied to the US Department of Labor for six H-2A visas weeks before his inauguration. However, the H-2A program failed to keep up with labour demand in Georgia and farmers in the region complained of six-digit losses and rotting crops.