In this month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner, learn key tips to keep your information secure and protect yourself from cyber security scams from Deanna Pellegrino, Farm Credit East information security specialist. In the second article, read an update on the international trade climate, from relations with China to Europe and U.S. neighbors, Mexico and Canada.
In response to the tightening labor market, producers both nationally and in the Northeast have increased their participation in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. In addition to bringing in more workers, producers are also paying higher hourly wages. This first article explores the contribution of these factors to the changing landscape of Northeast ag employment. The second article reviews the “Phase One” trade deal between the U.S. and China which marks a significant de-escalation of the trade war between the two nations.
Given ongoing trade discussions with multiple countries, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on between the United States and our major trading partners. The first article gives readers a rundown of some recent events in the global agricultural trade arena. The second article recognizes organic farming’s rapid growth, with organic sales tripling from $322 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion in 2017. This growth has prompted expanded crop insurance coverage for organic producers. If your farm is organic or transitional and you don’t have crop insurance, it may be time for a second look.
Northeast state legislatures and departments of labor have had a busy year with the issuance of new labor rules. While a complete discussion of all the relevant rules and regulations ag employers need to know is beyond the scope of this issue, our first Knowledge Exchange Partner article covers a few relatively new rules Northeast employers should be aware of. Our second article covers the U.S. Department of Commerce’s draft agreement with Mexico tomato growers to suspend Mexico’s ongoing anti-dumping investigation of fresh tomatoes.