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2017 Agriculture Labor Availability Survey

Final Report

Highlights from the Survey

  • Of the survey respondents who said they employ a seasonal workforce, 69 percent said they were experiencing employee shortages.
  • When asked what actions they have taken in response to employee shortages, one-third of respondents said they used mechanization if available; another 29 percent attempted or investigated mechanization. One-third of respondents elected not to engage in labor-intensive cultivation activities such as pruning and grapevine canopy management. About 9.5 percent planted fewer acres and 9 percent did not harvest some of their crop. The most frequent action, taken by 49 percent of respondents, was to offer increased wages, benefits and additional incentives to prevent employees accepting work with other growers or leaving agriculture altogether.
  • Tree fruit growers represented the single largest group of respondents (33 percent), followed by tree nuts (30 percent) and those who grow winegrapes (24 percent).
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