AgNet West’s Brian German discusses how labor contractors can help make the H-2A program an easier experience for growers. German spoke with a California grower who shares his positive experience with labor contractors.
Zhengfei Guan, an assistant professor with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), outlines labor issues faced by Florida’s specialty crop industry, including labor shortages and unauthorized workers.
Trends and the future of agricultural labor is another hot topic in the October issue. Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, explores the H-2A program and what the future could look like for growers struggling with labor issues.
A grower shares his challenges with finding a legal workforce. Chalmers Carr, owner of Titan Farms, discusses his experience with the H-2A program, as well as changes he would like to see within the next piece of legislation that deals with agricultural labor.
The Seed Spotlight column returns for its final time in 2018. Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association, gives an overview of what the association has accomplished this year.
A special Disease Corner column debuts in the October issue. It explores a new race of Fusarium wilt that is threatening Florida watermelon production. Based on an interview with UF/IFAS researcher Nick Dufault, VSCNews magazine Assistant Editor Abbey Taylor discusses the disease and how best to manage it.
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