Marana farmer pulls 11-hour days amid agriculture labor shortage

Daniel Pacheco of Pacheco Farm Management pulls a disc harrow over cotton fields in Marana. “I grew up this way and I love the challenges,” Pacheco said. “It’s a matter of pride and doing something that feels noble — to feed people.”/Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star

Despite working 11-hour days on the farm because he is unable to find workers, Daniel Pacheco recently declined a man’s offer to work for him.

The man did not have legal papers to work in the U.S.

“I had to turn away a guy who came to me in tears because he needed a job so bad and I needed an irrigator,” Pacheco said. “It killed me to turn him away.”

But, the fourth-generation Marana farmer is unwilling to take the risk of hiring undocumented workers.

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