A competitive trend in an already challenging agriculture labor, sector is leaving some producers out of luck during harvest.
Producers across the United States are seeing labor challenges, especially in California. Growers often struggle in some degree to find capable workers to harvest the mass amount of specialty crops grown in the state. California Farm Bureau Director of Employment Policy Brian Little says he has seen a competitive trend when it comes to acquiring labor. Producers are slightly raising their pay to top other producers in their area.
Little also says that farms are starting to consolidate into bigger groups. This allows them to use the same labor for the different crops produced and the diversification, of course, has some additional benefits.
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