NC Ag Commissioner Concerned about Labor

North Carolina' s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is concerned about the availablity of labor as farmers take time in the winter to plan their crops.  Not only is availablity a concern, but also the cost of what is available.  A regional agronomist recently talked to a tobacco farmer who normally brings in 30 migrant workers under the federal H-2A porgram, but this year he's planning to do more mechanical harvesting and hire only 20 workers because of the cost.

The cost is roughly $1,000 per worker just to get them here, and this year the hourly wage paid to H-2A workers in North Carolina is expected to rise.  These costs are forcing some farmers to re-think their labor situation. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.