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Technology reduces need for seasonal field workers

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The stream of migrant workers who come to the Red River Valley to work in the farm fields has slowed to a trickle compared to the numbers that once came.

By one estimate, as of 1980, perhaps 10,000 migrant workers came to work fields of sugar beets and potatoes in the valley.

Today, that number is perhaps a few thousand, including accompanying family members, a drastic reduction in demand for seasonal field workers that reflects advances in technology.

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