As if farmers and ranchers aren’t already under enough financial pressure what with the pandemic, immigration regulations and the lot, they now must increase the laborers’ wages significantly. Farmers must pay H-2A workers more in 2021… that according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture.
The Farm Labor Survey sets the minimum wage farmers must pay H-2A workers. It’s Known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rate, The Farm Bureaus Braden Jensen follows H2A issues:
"So what we've heard is that AEWR for 2021 will be $14.55 that's up from last year's $13.62 cents that are approximately a seven-percent and a dollar increase. Obviously, this will be a significant increase for our producers as far as the cost of production, the labor aspect. We are still on the tail-end of this pandemic. We are still seeing the markets settle. It will be interesting to see how it affects our producers going forward," said Jensen.