AFVGA Conference to Address Challenges Farmers are Facing

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Labor, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Challenges are nothing new for Alabama’s vegetable and specialty crop producers. Whether it is labor issues, crop production or unfair trade, no grower is immune from the daily rigors of maintaining a successful farming operation. Next month’s Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show will address issues pertinent to the state’s producers, says …

Ag Labor Reform: Important Issue Hopefully Resolved Before 2022

Clint Thompson Florida, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The final two and a half months of 2021 could be pivotal in Congress’ pursuit of Ag labor reform. John Walt Boatright, director of National Affairs at Florida Farm Bureau Federation, stresses the importance of a Senate Bill being in place before 2022. “Ag labor reform continues to be a major priority for Florida agriculture. Florida’s now …

GFVGA President: (Labor’s) an Enormous Problem Right Now

Clint Thompson Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Labor reform is at the top of the list of concerns for vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast. Congress needs to formulate a solution sooner rather than later, says Drew Echols, president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA). “What we need is we need our republican friends to engage the democrats on …

Labor Crisis: Farmers Continue to Struggle to Find Workforce

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The top two issues that vegetable and specialty crop workers encounter are trade and labor. The impact of imports on domestic farmers doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Neither do concerns over having an adequate number of workers on the farm every year, according to Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) President Mike Joyner. “During …

Registration Continues for Upcoming Ag Labor Relations Forum

Clint Thompson Florida, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Two issues remain on the minds of Florida’s vegetable and specialty crop producers, says Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) President Mike Joyner. “I think depending on who you ask, you’re either going to get the answer, trade and labor, or you’re going to get the answer, labor and trade,” Joyner said. Labor will be front and …

Plea for Help: Ag Groups Send Letter to Senate Leaders, Want Ag Labor Reform

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

Close to 300 agricultural groups, including some in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, were part of an Agriculture Workforce Coalition that sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week, urging the passing of an agriculture labor reform bill. The letter outlined multiple challenges facing farmers. But the domestic labor shortage remains near …

Florida Producer: All We’re Doing is Killing the Economy of Our Country

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

Labor Shortage a Reason for Lack of Supplies, Specifically Pallets By Clint Thompson Like most vegetable and specialty crop producers, blueberry farmer Ryan Atwood is an avid user of pallets. Over the course of his season in Florida, Atwood will use more than 14,000 pallets. Like every other grower in the Southeast, Atwood was impacted by the ongoing pallet shortage …

Florida Strawberry Farmer: H-2A Program Needs to be Simplified

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

Farmers agree: H-2A is needed but it can be improved. Foreign workers are needed because of the lack of a domestic workforce. It needs improvement because it is a cumbersome and very expensive process. “It needs to be simplified. It is just the hardest, most complicated thing to do and to stay legal,” said Matt Parke, farm manager of Parkesdale …