December 3, 2022
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Tri-county labor shortage leaves fields unharvested

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The layoff of 172 workers in Oxnard by Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. is a symptom of an ailing agriculture sector, paradoxically stemming from a shortage of workers. Labor and water shortages have meant some fields throughout the region were left fallow and others had to go unharvested, and farmers could not recoup costs. “A…

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