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Farm Labor Crunch Leads U.S. Produce Growers to Turn to Robots

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After grappling with worker shortages on U.S. farms for more than a decade, one group says they have a solution: automation.

Western Growers Association, a trade organization representing fruit and vegetable farmers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, is leading an effort to automate half of each year’s produce harvest within the next 10 years.