GDA Feed Program Passes Audit and H-2A Usage Reaches New High

GDA Feed Program Passes Audit and H-2A Usage Reaches New High

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

**Georgia Ag Commissioner Tyler Harper announced the GDA’s Ag Inputs Division’s Feed Program passed their Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards audit conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. reports the standards establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of state programs responsible for regulating animal food.

The FDA conducted its audit in early November and found the GDA Ag Inputs Division maintained full implementation and conformance with all 11 program standards.

**New data from the American Farm Bureau shows H-2A usage reached new highs in fiscal year 2023 despite an increase in the Adverse Effect Wage Rate.

This increase in both demand for workers and wage rate continues to put stress on the farmers bottom line.

The data shows the total number of certified H-2A positions increased 2% over fiscal year 2022, a slower rate than in years past, but still up by more than 100,000 workers compared to 2020.

**For the 12th consecutive week, the nation's average price of gasoline declined, falling 9.6 cents from a week ago to $3.12 per gallon.

The national average is down 23.7 cents from a month ago and 10.1 cents lower than a year ago.

The national average diesel price fell 8.4 cents and stands at $4.10 per gallon, 86 cents lower than a year ago.

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