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Small and mid-size farms in Maine are struggling to find enough workers, reports the Portland Press Herald. Some farmers have low-quality crops because they couldn't find workers to weed; other farmers had to leave crops unharvested in the field. Low unemployment, hard work, and immigration and migrant labor challenges have all contributed to the situation. Meanwhile, even MOFGA's farmer apprenticeship program is attracting less interest than in the past. Some farmers would rather pay employees hourly than invest time in the instruction of a short-term apprentice. Farmers desperate for help are exploring many different labor options.