(March 26) Keith Eckel, a major Pennsylvania vegetable grower, plans to halt production of his 2,500-ton tomato crop because of a shortage of workers and stalled immigration reform, according to the Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune.

The Newton Township grower is the state’s No. 1 producer of fresh-market tomatoes, the newspaper said.

The pullout should result in a 70% revenue loss for Eckel, who plans to replace the 1,200 acres of tomatoes with corn.

The Times-Tribune said Eckel hopes to use his plight to call attention to the need for federal immigration reform measures.