Posted: Mar 28, 2013 2:38 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 5:44 PM
TAFT - The years of drought our state has seen not only has taken a toll on farmer's crops, it's also been a direct hit on their income. And with less competitive wages to offer farmers are having a hard time finding help.
"We need help and there may be help available but they don't have the understanding of the equipment and the technology that we are using so consequently those kind of situations don't match what we need, say South Texas farmer Bobby Nedbalek.
Nedbalek's profits have taken a direct hit over the years because of the drought and lower yield in crops.
"We could afford to have a third employee but under the circumstances and the drought this year we've not pursued that very much," says Nedbalek.
Several years ago farmers would say they had more help than they had jobs to fill, but that's now all changed.
"We don't have anybody coming by looking for work any more, no body ever shows up," says farmer Marvin Beyer.
Farmers believe they aren't showing up because of the higher wages eagle ford shale jobs are able to offer.
"The young people, they don't want to work in to it. They want the high dollar per hour right now and it doesn't work that way, not in agriculture," says Beyer.
Despite the lack of interested workers, farmers say they are getting by for now. But they expect to see a big change in the next 20 years when current farmers retire and younger new farmers aren't there to take over.
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