The future is on the horizon for Southern agriculture, as new agricultural jobs are expected to take hold across the U.S. as a result of a number of agricultural innovations that are expected by 2020.
Agricultural technologies are expected in all regions of the U, from Texas to Georgia.
But what about the agricultural jobs that aren’t yet on the radar?
The New York Times reports that some agricultural jobs in Southern agriculture are expected “to soar as new crops are planted, the crops are processed and transported to markets and consumers are expected, in part, to seek out these new, often-lower-cost products.”
The Times further reports that a number are expected during the first year after planting of “sustainable crops.”
In fact, the Times reports, in the next five years, “a record number of workers could be needed in the agro-processing sector to meet a growing demand for the agricultural products they process, such as lettuce, peas and other legumes.”
In some cases, these agricultural jobs will be in the form of low-paid “supervisors,” like “agronomists” who are paid a base salary of $10,000 per year.
These agricultural workers will likely be trained to help the farmers with the production of “new-age” crops, such for instance, with the development of “superfoods.”
While it’s difficult to gauge the exact number of new jobs in the agricultural sector, the NYT report indicates that many of these jobs will come in the future.
“As more and more crops are grown, and as new technologies emerge, it’s expected that a higher percentage of agricultural jobs, in particular those in the processing and transportation sectors, will be created in the coming years,” the Times notes.
It’s unclear whether this new crop of agriculture jobs will directly lead to higher wages or higher levels of inequality, as well as the rise of other forms of economic inequality such as food insecurity.
While the Times points out that “most farmers are not looking for higher pay,” it does note that “there is concern that some of these new jobs will lead to a rise in poverty among those with low-wage jobs and in communities of color.”