Ranch News Today – March 11, 2013

Posted on March 11, 2013


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The upshot, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation, is that more than 70 percent of state agricultural producers anticipate a worker shortage starting this spring and worsening though the growing season. Some officials estimate the labor force could fall by more than 80,000 farmworkers – down from the 450,000 workers whom farmers have come to rely on for the peak harvest of late summer.

A pair of proposals have been heard in the House Ag Policy Committee that would replace the Governor-appointed Director of Agriculture with an elected Secretary of Agriculture, and roll the Department of Agriculture into the Office of Agriculture.

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