Piece-rate compensation plans have been used for decades in agriculture to incentive harvest employees to be more productive – the more they pick, the more money they earn.  Federal courts have long upheld such plans as long as the average wage earned is greater than the minimum wage rate.  The California Labor Commissioner generally agreed with federal precedent.  However, a series of recent state and federal court decisions interpreting California wage laws have put the validity of such compensation plans in doubt.

Jason Resnick

In addition to the significant increase in fertilizer prices over the past decade, specialty crop producers are under increasing regulatory pressure to improve nutrient management practices to protect drinking and environmental water quality. Nutrient management is among the issues at the forefront of agriculture today.

Sonia Salas

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