South Florida Fruit and Vegetable Grower Damage Report

Abigail Taylor Labor, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Irma tore through Florida on September 10–11. Now, growers are assessing the damage on their farms and looking toward the future. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), says based on reports from growers, fruit and vegetable farms faced minimal damage. Before the hurricane came through, Calvin…

Grower Expresses Concern for Labor in Vegetable Industry

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

On August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to his home state of Georgia to chair an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. Formed from an executive order by President Trump, the task force meetings allow growers and industry leaders throughout the United States to voice their opinions on needs for their…

Labor Relations Forum Aims to Assist Growers

Abigail Taylor Labor, Top Posts

The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation is hosting its 43rd annual Labor Relations Forum. According to Mike Carlton, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) labor relations director, the forum was originally created to help growers comply with labor regulations, and 43 years later, the forum still has the same goal in mind. Growers and contractors must…

Farm Labor Contractors Help Make H-2A Affordable

Abigail Taylor Labor, Top Posts

With the fear of a domestic labor shortage of agricultural workers in the United States, many growers are turning to H-2A for a guaranteed labor supply. H-2A is a guest-worker program that brings employees from other countries to agricultural worksites in the United States. The downside of this program, however, is the cost. Fritz Roka,…

Southeastern Tea Navigates Through Labor Challenges

Abigail Taylor Labor, Research, Top Posts

Tea is an extremely popular beverage in the United States and around the globe. However, the market for tea can go beyond just consumption. For example, tea can be used in beauty products and essential oils. Its market value continues to rise, making it an attractive specialty crop option for growers. The Southeast may be…

H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

Abigail Taylor Labor, Top Posts

The H-2A program is a guest-worker program that allows people from other countries to come to the United States on a visa as agricultural employees for temporary, seasonal work. Many industries are beginning to use H-2A due to uncertainty over the domestic labor supply, says Fritz Roka, an associate professor of agriculture economics at the…

NAFTA Is a Problem for U.S. Specialty Crop Industry

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 26, to listen to comments about renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and what those renegotiations could mean for different sectors of the U.S. agriculture industry. It is no secret that NAFTA has caused some mixed feelings from different…

Vegetable, Berry Growers Move to H-2A for Labor Supply

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts

Due to a lack of domestic farm workers in the United States, many growers use the H-2A program for their labor needs. So says Fritz Roka, University of Florida associate professor of agriculture economics at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Vegetable and specialty crops are labor intensive crops, which causes a…