Southeastern Tea Navigates Through Labor Challenges

Abbey 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 the perfect place to grow …

H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

Abbey 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 University of Florida. Roka is …

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

Abbey 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 U.S. farmers. Some have greatly …

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 lot of concern for growers …

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the …

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Labor Tops Peach Industry Issues

Kelsey Fry Labor, Peaches, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, managing director for the National Peach Council, addressed the regulatory issues facing the peach industry. The frontrunner was labor. She explained the importance of labor in the peach industry and the legal struggle to have guest workers present in the field. “Labor is critical to all of us in …

Sign Up for Lake County Farm Safety Day

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Top Posts

Lake County Extension will hold a Farm Safety Day on December 14 at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Agriculture Center at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The training is designed to educate workers on equipment safety, CPR and first aid, updates to the Worker Protection Standard, pesticide applicator safety and understanding label icons for the …