Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-201) 46 pp

November 2018

Farm Labor Markets in the United States and Mexico Pose Challenges for U.S. Agriculture

The U.S. farm labor market shows many signs of tightening, including a shrinking supply of farm labor from rural Mexico—the source of most foreign-born farmworkers in the United States. Immigration trends suggest that rural Mexico is not likely to generate a steady supply of farmworkers for U.S. agriculture over the long term.

Keywords: farm labor, immigration, H-2A program, United States, Mexico

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