Arizona farmers and ranchers are coming up short in their search for workers. Many Americans are not attracted to the remote lifestyle, manual labor and long hours the job demands.
Farm operators have turned to H2-A visas, which allows farmers to employ foreign, temporary agriculture workers.
There are about 20,000 farmers in Arizona. There are less than 5,800 certified H2-A workers. One complaint from farmers is that the application demand is higher than what the government allows.