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Labor Remains Major Limiting Factor in Agriculture

Labor Remains Major Limiting Factor in Agriculture

President Biden proposed a three-part plan to increase production and bring down food prices, including investing in domestic fertilizer production, providing greater access to farm management tools and increasing the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance. 

AFBF President Zippy Duvall spoke with AgriTalk host Chip Flory about those issues and others facing agriculture. Among them is the availability of labor through the current H-2A program, “Labor is the biggest limiting factor that American agriculture has,” President Duvall said. “If (the U.S. government) wants us to be more productive, give us the workers to be productive with.”

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