Labor Force Participation Decreased Less in Rural Areas During Pandemic

From 2007 to 2019, labor force participation rates decreased 2.6 percentage points for people aged 25 to 64 in the rural United States and 0.7 percentage points for the same age group in urban areas. The labor participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. USDA’s Economic […]

Employment Outlook Promising for New College Graduates in Agriculture

Last week, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University released a Report showing a strong job demand for new college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs. U.S. college graduates can expect approximately 59,400 job opportunities annually between 2020 and 2025. This reflects a 2.6% percent growth from the previous five years. Employer […]

AgCareers Releases Compensation During COVID-19 Report

A special report from AgCareers highlights agriculture’s workforce and compensation during the Coronavirus pandemic. The special report provides a hyper-focus on the most critical components facing agribusinesses during COVID-19. The topics include workforce planning, wellness/benefit programs and compensation practices related to salary administration for 2020 and 2021. The report finds 81% of agribusinesses did not […]

McCain To Restart Construction Of Othello Expansion

After being paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, work on the McCain Foods expansion project in Othello is set to resume in early October. On Tuesday, the frozen food company announced it would restart construction of its 170,000 square foot expansion of its potato processing facility. Company officials said the $300 million investment will significantly […]

More Changes Could Be On The Horizon For US Food Supply Chain

There’s growing national concern about a second coronavirus wave and another lockdown that will force Ag and other sectors to examine if they’re better prepared to handle another wave. Several states are reporting an increase in hospitalizations as other states look at slowly reopening. Vaccine progress could help, but investors are nervous despite better-than-expected May […]

Washington Policy Center: Farmers Do Pay Taxes

Washington state Senator John McCoy raised the ire of many in the farm industry last year when he claimed that farmers don’t pay taxes, but is that true?   A Recent Study conducted by the Washington Policy Center found that statement to be false, noting that farmers and ranchers pay a variety of taxes, including […]