Labor remains a top challenge for specialty crops, and it’s getting harder to find. U.S. farmworkers decreased by 70 percent in 70 years, regulatory costs increased 795 percent in 12 years, and U.S. H-2A labor increased from 48,000 in 2005 to 300,000 in 2021—which add transportation and housing costs. Innovation remains the best solution to turn manual tasks like planting, weeding, thinning, harvesting and spraying into automated tasks with mechanization and automation.

Walt Duflock

Cal/OSHA is reminding California employers to post their 2022 annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, which includes COVID-19-related illness, by February 1 using Form 300A.

In addition, employers in California that meeting one of the following requirements are required to electronically submit Form 300A injury and illness data by March 2, 2023:

Kara Timmins

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