Ag labor a growing challenge in Malheur County

By Mitchell Willetts

The Enterprise

For farmers in Malheur County, the labor pool is running dry.

The fields are emptying out, leaving more work for fewer hands, skilled or unskilled.

Dan Corn has been farming in Vale since 2005. The labor strain is the worst he's seen in 13 seasons.

"We definitely don't have nearly the same number of people stopping by looking for jobs," Corn said. "We're not in crisis mode yet, but we're close to it."

Farm labor accounts for about one out of 10 jobs in Malheur County, helping sustain a . . .