We are staffing Atlanta with the talented refugee workforce. One thriving industry in the Atlanta area impacting the entire country is agriculture. Georgia is and has always been a strong producer of many textiles and food staples consumed by many people around the US. However, in recent years, many farms have been understaffed and thus unable to match supply with market demand for their produce. One article appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently entitled “On U.S. farms, Fewer Hands for the Harvest.” It details the many farms around the country struggling with labor shortages. Many of these farms have had to raise their wages and begin providing benefits packages to attract enough laborers. Some reported workers walking off in the middle of their shift because another nearby farm was willing to pay them higher wages.
Why the wage war, you ask? Because money is rotting on the vine. The article discusses one California farm, “Limoneira, which generates about $100 million in annual revenue, has already lost 8% of production to fruit that rotted and fell to the ground…”. Eight million dollars has fallen to the ground, a good incentive to hike earning potential and shell out medical coverage. Customer acquisition costs can be a little inflated if it ensures eight million dollars is not rotting away due to a lack of hands to pick it.
This seems to be such a conundrum. Over 5% unemployment and yet no one wants to get paid to be a field laborer? Furthermore, as the US cracks down on illegal immigrant workers, the agriculture industry seems to have no answers.
Have no fear farmers, refugees are here! The solution to the labor shortage dilemma has been resettled in our own country. UN sponsored, legal, loyal and hard-working refugees from South America, Africa, and parts of the Middle East and Asia are the only solution for agriculture staffing and farm labor. We are honored to play such a pivotal role in supplying America’s farms with the farm laborers so they can meet market demand for their produce. Read the article here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-u-s-farms-fewer-hands-for-the-harvest-1439371802