Lettuce Farmers Are Hurting As Pandemic Rages On | NewsNOW from FOX

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Published on 21 Jan 2021, 23:49
From November to April, Yuma County, Arizona supplies about 90% of the U.S. and Canada’s supply of romaine and iceberg lettuce. That’s about 2 billon servings. Farmer John Boelts says their season was just wrapping up when the pandemic hit the U.S. last year and when restaurants and schools closed, their sales took a hit. So this year farms are planting about 5 to 15 percent less to prevent food waste, but their biggest challenge right now is trying to get enough workers. The borders are still closed because of the pandemic and only essential employees like these farm workers can cross. However, new social distancing guidelines and extra status checks at the border, are causing major delays. For now, Boelts’s hopes their safety measures like washing hands, wearing masks, and staying social distant will help prevent COVID outbreaks.

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