SE Farmworkers & Pay Numbers and Seed Growers See Higher Demand
**Georgia ginner Kent Fountain has been re-elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2021.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, Fountain was member of the NCC's 2001-2002 Cotton Leadership Class, served as NCC vice president from 2016-2018 and NCC director in 2011.
Fountain’s also served on multiple NCC committees, including chairing its Quality Task Force, and 10 years as a director of Cotton Council International, the NCC's export promotion arm.
**31,000 workers were hired by farms in the Southeast Region during the reference week report from October 11-17, 2020.
Farm operators in Georgia and Alabama paid their hired workers an average gross wage of $12.73 per hour. They worked an average of 39.1 hours per week, down 1.2 hours from a year earlier.
In Florida, 35,000 workers were hired for the same period, and paid an average gross wage of $13.82, up .55 cents from 2019. They worked an average of 42.5 hours weekly.
**As Americans have renewed their interest in gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers who grow seeds for home gardeners have seen demand increase.
Farmers and seed companies say the more-popular seeds include specialty vegetables and herbs, pollinator-friendly plants and crops that grow well in small spaces.
Farmers who grow seed for commercial-scale farms say that side of the business has been less stable because of pandemic-related uncertainties.