FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

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Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), recently participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry at the Florida Ag Expo. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor caught up with him after the discussion. Stuart said he hopes Florida growers will have a good season after what he called, “a tough few years.” “We need …

Register Now for the Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum

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The Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum is coming up Nov. 7–8 at the University of Georgia Tifton campus. Presented by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the forum will feature speakers and workshops, so growers can get the latest information on all things labor. Topics to be covered during the forum include the H-2A program, I-9 audits, workers’ compensation, …

South Florida Fruit and Vegetable Grower Damage Report

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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 Arnold, center director for the …

Grower Expresses Concern for Labor in Vegetable Industry

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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 respective industries. One panelist in …

Labor Relations Forum Aims to Assist Growers

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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 comply with a myriad of …

Farm Labor Contractors Help Make H-2A Affordable

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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, associate professor of agriculture economics …

Southeastern Tea Navigates Through Labor Challenges

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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 the perfect place to grow …

H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

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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 University of Florida. Roka is …