Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse has announced the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. The modifications center on the practice of growing two crops on the same field at different times of the year, which is known as double cropping.
"We are constantly looking for ways to meet the needs of our farmers and seek out their feedback so we can best provide them with the tools and resources they need to grow and support their operations," Scuse said....More
The federal program to supply temporary foreign farm workers is bogged down, and because the jobs the workers were expected to perform are not being done then farmers’ reactions are turning from pinch to pain.
Complaints are coming from the workers as well because they are not receiving the wages they expected as they are staying at home instead of occupying farm fields in California, Washington, Oregon, or several Midwest and Southern states....More
Farmers and other agricultural enterprises in California will likely be as negatively impacted as any industry in the state if new minimum wage regulations strike next year.
With 500,000 or more farm workers employed in the state’s gigantic agricultural complex, you’d expect the increase by imposed state wage control to be a boon and a boost. However, many farmers and farm employers view it as an impending disaster....More