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Rural population losses add to farm and ranch labor shortage

Rural America lost more population in the latest census, highlighting an already severe worker shortage in the nation's farming and ranching regions and drawing calls from those industries for immigration reform to help ease the problem.


The census data released last week showed that population gains in many rural areas were driven by increases in Hispanic and Latino residents, many of whom come as immigrants to wo

Rural population losses add to farm and ranch labor shortage

Rural America lost more population in the latest census, highlighting an already severe worker shortage in the nation's farming and ranching regions and drawing calls from those industries for immigration reform to help ease the problem.


The census data released last week showed that population gains in many rural areas were driven by increases in Hispanic and Latino residents, many of whom come as immigrants to work on farms or in meatpacking plants or to start their own businesses.


"We've struggled on this issue for a long time to try to come up with a more reasonable, common-sense approach," said John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, which is part of a group lobbying Congress for new immigration laws. Vilifying immigrants "just makes it harder to get there."


The population trend is clear in Nebraska, where only 24 of the state's 93 counties gained residents. Of those 24, just eight reported an increase in the white population, suggesting that most of the growth was driven by minorities, said David Drozd, a research coordinator for the University of Nebraska Omaha's Center for Public Affairs Research.


Australia offering $2000 incentive for regional workers

Incentives and staff poaching are becoming rife in the agricultural sector as farmers are desperate go get workers on the land for the peak lambing and calving seasons.


The Australian government is offering up to $2000 relocation assistance to Kiwi’s and those with valid work visas to move across the ditch and work on farms in regional areas. In Victoria, this payment rises with a $2430 bonus for eight weeks of work.


Southland Federated Farmers sharemilker chairman Jason Herrick said these incentives coupled with quicker pathways to family reunification were causing immigrant farmworkers to depart for either Australia or Canada.


“You can’t blame Australia for grabbing the opportunity as soon as the travel bubble opened, our workers can leave work and start [over there] three or four days later.”


Victoria's Premier slams ag visa program, saying worker shortages being 'handballed' to states

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has lashed out at federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud's new agriculture visa program, labelling it "a fantasy".


Grocery shortages reported at Dunedin supermarkets on day two of alert level 4 lockdown

RNZ has heard reports of toilet paper being cleaned out at some supermarkets and has verified that is the case at Countdown Mailer Street, while bread stocks have taken a hit at Countdown Dunedin South.


Shopper behaviour witnessed by RNZ is not problematic and cannot be described as panic-buying, so it is unclear why stocks of some essentials have been so hard hit.


There are queues at many of the city's larger supermarkets, but all are operating under reduced capacity limits.


Shoppers continue to report food shortages amid supply chain disruption

Shoppers are still reporting food shortages at supermarkets, despite assurances that there is plenty of supply and people should shop normally.


A senior couple, who wanted to avoid going into a supermarket, said they were having problems accessing Countdown’s online store this week.


When they were finally able to get onto the website, there were no available delivery slots for days and much of what they wanted to buy was unavailable.


“We chose the items we needed, then went to check out for the Greenlane [Auckland] branch, only to be informed that almost all the products we needed – milk, bread, yoghurt, meat, etc – were out of stock.


UPDATE: Both Chili’s locations reopen in Abilene after ‘severe food shortage

UPDATE (August 24, 2021) – Both Chili’s locations in Abilene are open after closing Monday due to a “severe food shortage.


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Both Chili’s locations are closed in Abilene due to a “severe food shortage.”



Chili’s on S. Clack Street and Chili’s on TX-351 both shut their doors to the

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