Farm Labor Wages Increase and Pig Vaccines in Japan

Farm Labor Wages Increase and Pig Vaccines in Japan

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Farmers know that to compete for and keep workers, they're

under continual pressure to offer employee raises.

And, USDA data also shows that farm wages are growing faster than NON-farm compensation over the last five years.

According to, from 2014 to 2018, the average hourly wage for nonsupervisory farm workers rose from $12 to $13.25/hour, an increase of 10.4%.

Nonfarm wages, still notably higher, grew from $21.90 to $22.97, a 3.5% increase.

**DuPont has signed an agreement to acquire the Ultrafiltration Membrane business from BASF. reports, the transaction, including the business' international workforce, its Germany-based headquarters and production site, and associated intellectual property is expected to close by the end of the year subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

**Japan has decided to allow the vaccination of pigs to prevent the spread of "classical" swine fever.

That's according to Japan's ag ministry that is urging livestock drug makers to boost production of CSF vaccine as the disease moves across eastern Japan, one of its main pork-producing regions. reports, the ministry had to weigh the decision during a time when the country was aiming to expand pork exports.

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