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The Number One Reason Americans Don't Take Farm Jobs


Why a booming farm economy isn't enough to lure Americans to the fields.

Amid all the bad news out there, there's one sector that's bouncing back from the recession with stunning speed: farming.

Net farm income is expected to climb 24% this year, the fourth highest ever, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last month, farmers were paid 62% more for hogs than a year earlier, and 32% more for milk. And let's not even get started on cotton, which is trading at record highs.

For example, iPath Cotton (BAL) is up 70% this year. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which includes holdings like Exxon (XOM), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and Bank of America (BAC), is up 6%.

Plus, for the millions of Americans out of work, the farming sector is ripe with job openings. The only problem is Americans don't want the work.

In California, farmers posted 1,160 farm jobs, but only 233 people ever applied, according to the Associated Press.

So why are Americans so hesitant to take to the fields? The answer may -- or may not -- surprise you.

Join Josh Lipton for a closer look.

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