New farm labor rates and overtime requirements putting the hurt on farmers

A boost in pay for farm workers and certain state requirements, appear to be hurting farmers who simply cannot afford to keep the labor going.

It is even causing some to scale back on work that needs done.

The president of the National Council of Ag Employers tells Brownfield Ag News that farm workers are exempt from overtime laws at the federal level, but some states require it. That is causing those farmers to cut hours, and the work is not getting done, because they cannot afford to keep them and remain profitable.

New wage rates are set to be released at the end of the moment for next year’s session.