A Declining Farm Labor Supply Could Cost California Farmers Billions

Rutledge, Zachariah and Pierre Mérel

from ARE Update Vol. 26, No. 2, Nov/Dec, 2022

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Abstract

We analyze fruit and vegetable production and farm employment data to quantify the production and value losses from a declining supply of farm labor. We find that reduced labor availability could generate billions of dollars in losses over the next decade.

Keywords

Agriculture, farm labor, fruit, harvest, immigration, labor supply, production, specialty crop, vegetable

Citation

Rutledge, Zachariah and Pierre Mérel. 2022. "A Declining Farm Labor Supply Could Cost California Farmers Billions." ARE Update 26(2): 1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/filer/file/1671729669/20572/