Speech to Text for Local farms are having a hard time finding workers
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helpers-llpkg leah says "local farms might have to increase the price of their fruits and vegetables. that's because there is a shortage of laborers to come pick their produce." nats every tuesday barking moon farm sells its vegetables at the ashland farmers market. you would never guess by the buckets of fresh veggies that it is short staffed. josh cohen we've had significantly more trouble getting anyone to respond to job postings. josh cohen is the owner of the farm. he doesn't have enough workers to pick all the work. josh cohen i think in part the work we do is challenging work. he's been a farmer for 15 years. this happens sometimes. he told me years ago farmers lost workers because of the construction boom. the pay was higher. and now a new boom is impacting them. josh cohen a few years ago with the legalization of marijuana in our state. hemp and cannabis are a higher value crop so companies can pay their laboers more. josh cohen the money is there cohen and other farmers that grow produce can't. josh cohen so there is a part of me that wants to believe that it's inpart due to the new boom of hemp in our area. he doesn't want to increase the price of his vegetables. but he also needs workers. so he is considering growing hemp to help bring in more money. cohen i don't think we are looking ahead far enough to see how this is going to impact us. but i think about it a lot. other produce farmers might have to increase their prices. cohen it might even become prohibitive. or switch to hemp or cannabis all together. cohen there's a part of me is just seeing the amount of acreage in our county going into hemp production. in applegate leah thompson newswatch 12. right