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.

Source: www.ers.usda.gov


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