FLA-GA-CA Lead H-2A Worker Surge and Beef-Pork Exports on Record Pace

FLA-GA-CA Lead H-2A Worker Surge and Beef-Pork Exports on Record Pace

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

**With American farmers increasingly relying on foreign ag labor, the Labor Department approved over 317,000 seasonal guestworkers for the fiscal year ending September 30, up 15% from last year.

It was the highest number of jobs ever approved for H-2A guestworker visas.

According to www.agriculture.com, Florida, Georgia, and California were the leading states, together one-third of the U.S. total.


**A majority of equipment dealers do not support striking John Deere workers.

According to a recent Farm Equipment Magazine poll, roughly 54% of dealers said they don’t support the strike, while 37% said they did, and 8.5% weren't sure.

Deere workers have rejected two tentative contracts, but a Deere spokesperson says there will not be a third offer.

Dealers that do support the strike accused Deere of prioritizing its shareholders.

**Both U.S. beef and pork exports are on a record pace through September.

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef export volume posted one of the best months on record in September, up 20% from a year ago.

Export VALUE jumped 59%, the second-highest month on record.

For the first three quarters of 2021, beef exports were up 18% from last year.

Pork exports were down 1% from a year ago, but value was up 8%.

For the year, exports were 1% above last year's record pace, while value climbed 9%.

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