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J.P. LaBrucherie was destined to follow in his family’s footsteps of working in the agriculture industry. He started full time in 2003, working in vegetable production for LaBrucherie Produce. As a third generation farmer, J.P. is now president of the operation.
The United States is currently undergoing an extreme societal shift, as Baby Boomers continue to retire and Millennials have now become the largest generation in the labor force.
There is some optimism about the labor situation moving forward as there appears to be momentum for federal immigration reform with the new administration and there is also a lot of technological innovation that promises to reduce the need for labor with automation. But what about water? What are the prospects that future generations of California farmers will have a reliable water supply and an affordable rate?
Many industry veterans have described the conditions as ‘unprecedented,’ while others have compared it to the infamous labor dispute-related port slowdown in 2014. In the West, countless agricultural exporters that rely on the gateway ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland to reach customers overseas are straining to adjust.
In an effort to further combat climate change and habitat loss, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on October 7, 2020, directing state agencies to accelerate actions to battle climate change, protect biodiversity and build resilience through nature-based solutions. The order establishes a state goal of conserving at least 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 to address the biodiversity and climate crisis.
Pappas Family Farm secured a number of vaccinations for their workers. Pappas Family Farm Principal and President, George Pappas, shares how they did it.