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“There’s a tremendous labor shortage and it’s hitting the agricultural community hard,” said Alex Cracchiolo of USA Farm Labor Inc. “The unfortunate reality is that we may have to start importing our food.”

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The purple color and sweet fragrance makes lavender a popular ingredient in bath and relaxation products, but lavender has a 2,500-year history in cooking. 


When Eleanor Basehoar was a little girl, instead of watching cartoons, she was out helping her dad on the farm as he worked with the equipment or the cattle. But she still never expected to be a pig farmer today. With her four daughters, she leads an operation with 2,480 hogs.


Janet McCabe chooses to work nights in the intensive care unit at Palos Health in Palos Heights. That frees up her days to rake and bale hay on the Orland Park-area farm when her husband, a mechanic, and her son, a general contractor, are at their off-farm jobs.

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