(Infographic) The U.S. Farm Labor Shortage

The impact of the farm labor shortage on U.S. agriculture.

As of 2016, hired farm workers made up 35.3 percent of the total hours worked on a farming operation, second only to the principal operator. These workers perform essential daily tasks needed to keep a successful farm running, such as caring for livestock, working in the fields, and maintaining farm machinery. As the population of farm labor continues to decline, primary operators are feeling the pressure to find alternative solutions to keep up with production for the growing demand of fresh produce.

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How Programs are Helping New Farmers Overcome Beginning Farm Challenges

Learn what resources are available to help start a farm.

Historically, multi-generational farm operations have largely represented U.S. agriculture—most operators continuing on the traditions of their parents and grandparents. Indeed, there are several new farmers who are entering into the industry without a family legacy or inherited land to get them started. These beginning farmers bring fresh passion and enthusiasm to their endeavors and are a valuable part of the ag community.

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U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Work to Ensure Food Safety and Quality

Learn more about our nation’s food safety regulations and find out how growers across the nation are doing their part to keep consumers safe.

The importance of food quality and safety can’t be overstated. According to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, each year millions of Americans are medically treated for foodborne illnesses as a result of poor food safety practices. Because of the seriousness of food safety, farmers recognize the high stakes of keeping our nation protected from contaminants and harmful pathogens, and therefore employ several best practices to reduce potential safety risks.Read More

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