Farmworker housing crisis looms

(The Center Square) — The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show brings a circular focus to agriculture in Harrisburg and officials call attention to issues that get overlooked.

During a joint House and Senate committee hearing, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding warned that a housing shortage affects farmers, too.

“One issue of particular interest right now is farmworker housing,” Redding said. “I think it’s an issue for the state of America.”

The problem helps the public recognize the importance of immigrant labor to agriculture, the secretary noted.

“We have a crisis in available housing generally,” Redding said. “It’s very difficult to find housing in rural communities that are supporting ag…we have to bring a voice to folks who don’t have the voice.”

The housing problem has hit all parts of Pennsylvania. Labor shortages and red tape can delay housing construction for months, as The Center Square previously reported, and workers of all types have found it
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