USDA Releases Study on Impact of Labor Issues on US Produce Industry

News Date: 11/16/2010

 The Economic Research Service of USDA has released a report assessing the impact on fruit and vegetable commodities if labor rates are increased. The study analyzes a number of case studies suggesting a range of possible adjustment scenarios, including increased mechanization for some crops, reduced U.S. output for a few crops, and increased use of labor aids to improve labor productivity for others.  The study, titled "The U.S. Produce Industry and Labor: Facing the Future in a Global Economy" is available here. (Contact: Amy Mann)