Southeast Region Ag Labor Numbers and Poultry Marketing Disclosure Requirements
**There were 30,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Southeast Region during the week of April 10-16.
www.morningagclips.com reports, farm operators paid their workers an average wage of $13.76 per hour, with an average of 38.5 hours worked.
In Florida, 28,000 workers were hired for the same week, earned an average of $14.61, $1.24 more than last year, and worked an average of 43 hours.
**The deadline for the USDA’s second round of funding for Climate-Smart Commodities is Friday, June 10.
This funding pool is for partners proposing projects between $250,000 and $5 million.
The proposals should emphasize the enrollment of small and-or underserved producers, and-or monitoring, reporting, and verification activities developed at minority-serving institutions.
USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie says, information on how to apply, frequently asked questions, and additional information are available at www.usda.gov.
**Ag groups responded to USDA’s proposed poultry marketing disclosure requirements and the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking under the Packers and Stockyards Act.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization appreciates USDA working to create more transparency in the poultry industry, adding, farmers deserve to know what they are getting into and understand how they are getting paid.
He says there are no easy answers and that AFB will review these proposals in detail.