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    $13 million in crops rotted in Calif. because no one wanted to pick them?

    A news story about California farmers losing money because of a labor shortage has drawn attention on Facebook because it lays the blame on President Donald Trumpís immigration policies.

    A June 28, 2017, post on LeftScoop.com ran under the headline, "Over $13 million worth of crops have ROTTED in California, all because no one is willing to work jobs vacated by migrants." The link has been shared more than 90,000 times in three weeks.

    Facebook users flagged the story as potentially being fabricated, as part of the social media giantís efforts to combat fake news.
    In this case, the story isnít fake.

    But itís not accurate, either.

    The post is largely comprised almost entirely of uncredited passages from two legitimate news sources. It then adds anti-Trump sentiment for effect. We emailed the website that created the post, LeftScoop.com, to ask about the post and why the site did not include its sources but didnít get a reply. The post was removed shortly after our inquiry.

    Understanding the story

    The LeftScoop.com article starts by using several slightly edited paragraphs from a June 22 story from the Santa Barbara Independent, a weekly alternative newspaper based in Santa Barbara, Calif. "Labor shortage leaves $13 million in crops to rot in fields," the newspaper articleís headline read. The LeftScoop.com post also borrows from a 2017 Mother Jones article.

    The Independentís story said that the countyís agricultural industry has suffered labor shortages from 15 to 26 percent annually for five consecutive years. It cited Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Countiesstatistics that said $13 million worth of strawberries, broccoli and other produce were plowed under, up from $4.4 million worth five years ago. Other outlets have cited the Independent story when writing about the subject.

    LeftScoop.comís post implied Trump was largely to blame for the lost crops because he had scared off Mexican migrant workers with his tough policies, causing the labor shortages.

    Thatís wrong.

    Claire Wineman, the Grower-Shipper Associationís president, told us Santa Barbara County has been experiencing the same lack of workers felt by agricultural areas across California and the United States.

    The dollar figure in the story came from an annual survey the Grower-Shipper Association sent to local farmers, asking them to quantify how much gross revenue they estimated they had lost due to a lack of a sufficient number of field workers. The total from 68 respondents amounted to $13.5 million for the 2015 calendar year.

    Trump took office Jan. 20, 2017.

    "We absolutely have been experiencing labor shortages over the last few years," Wineman said. The Independentís story, she said, did a fair job of describing the reasons, which go back years before Trump took office.


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    Liberals up in arms because we won't let brown people in to do stuff they don't want to do
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    After years of drought, we finally had rain and a lot of crops.

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