By Tim Kowols
Farmers are not exempt from the hiring crunch many industries are facing this year. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has been below three percent since the spring, making businesses across the board try to find employees from a shrinking pool. Farmers like Joe Haberli from Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor have struggled to find employees for his operation, offering pay above the minimum wage and free housing. He says he fights the same battles other employers do.
Haberli says he is currently working with the federal government to legally bring another guest worker to his operation, a process he says could take up to 10 weeks.