US fresh produce industry tries to cope with higher labor costs

The percentage of US farm labor wages is rising and is as high as 38% for fruit and 29% for the vegetable share of production. 

Producers in the US are also struggling to secure enough laborers to perform crucial on-farm tasks. This causes farm labor wage rates to increase more quickly than non-farm wages. The USDA's Economic Research Services looked at how producers were coping and published a recent report on the results.

They say producers are applying other methods to manage, such as increasing imports, using more machinery, and bringing in foreign workers.

Read the full report.


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