The right to unionize and collectively bargain was granted to New York farm employees by the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act recently signed into law and slated to go into effect in January. While the law still needs some clarification, the Northeast Dairy Producers Association asked Chuck Palmer, labor attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich, for some insight on labor unions, collective bargaining and how these new provisions might impact farms. The second article discusses Dairy Revenue Protection; a risk management option that gives producers the opportunity to establish a price floor for milk shipped based on current futures markets.
Earlier this year, the USDA announced a $16 billion package aimed at mitigating the negative market effects of reduced U.S. agricultural exports. In our first article, Chris Laughton, Director of Knowledge Exchange, gives an overview of the three main components: the Market Facilitation Program, the Food Purchase and Distribution Program, and the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program. Our second article releases our updated Industry Snapshots which provide the latest business and market intelligence from our industry experts.
Farm Credit East, a farmer-owned cooperative, recently released its 2019 industry outlook report. This report addresses market outlooks for multiple industries, including dairy, grain, vegetables, apples, greenhouse and nursery, lobster, and forest products. It also includes articles on crop insurance and business management.
The first article reviews changes to dairy risk management programs resulting from the 2018 Farm Bill. The second article gives readers insight into today’s tight job market with some tips on leading and developing your employees, and what it takes to become an “employer of choice.”