Farmers are the foundation of the American economy, but they can also be underutilized or neglected, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
The report found that farmers are often overlooked in discussions about how the food system is managed and that their needs are not fully understood by the food and agriculture departments of federal agencies.
The Center for Food Safety, which was created by President Barack Obama in 2016, found that over the past five years, the number of farmers in the U.S. has decreased by 2.4 million.
But the report found, “the number of American farmworkers is not increasing.”
This is despite a recent surge in new agricultural workers, and an increasing number of farm employees who are taking on farm work.
“The number of U.s. farmworkers has been falling for decades,” said the report, titled America’s Farmworker Problem.
“But the numbers don’t tell the full story.”
While there are a variety of reasons for the decline, a number of the reasons listed by the Center are in place for the last 25 years, including: declining demand for farm services, and the loss of skilled farm workers to the manufacturing sector.
While farm jobs are vital to the American food supply chain, the report notes that most of the new farm jobs were created after 1980, when the recession hit.
While the decline in the number and the number per capita in the United States has slowed since then, the overall farm workforce is on the rise.
The number of agricultural workers in the country is projected to rise from 542 million in 2021 to 656 million in 2030.
“For the first time, we’re seeing a net increase in the labor force participation rate among U. S. workers,” said Mark Bausch, the Director of the Center.
“This is really significant, especially when you look at the population.
This means that as the population grows, the share of Americans that are participating in the workforce is also increasing.”
A report released in June 2016 by the Pew Research Center noted that “farmworkers are a critical source of food for Americans, providing food to millions of people.”
It found that more than 80 percent of American farms have at least one worker.
However, many farm workers are not even paid enough to live on their own.
In 2018, the federal government announced a $10 billion grant program for farmworkers, which included $3.4 billion for farm-worker training.
In 2020, the USDA reported that there were more than 13 million farm workers.
But this number is likely higher, since many farms have closed due to underutilization.
“It’s hard to find a single farmworker that’s willing to take on farm labor,” said Bausheiser.
“We don’t even have enough qualified people for the work we need to do to meet demand.
And, you know, we’ve also lost so many people that have moved into other occupations, like the restaurant or food service jobs, that they can’t find jobs to support themselves.”
As more people start working on farms, the food industry is also becoming more competitive, which means the prices of agricultural products are rising.
According to the report: “The average price for a typical commodity in the agricultural sector increased by nearly 15 percent over the last five years and the average price per unit of food in the sector increased from $3,600 to $5,300 between 2011 and 2018.”
In other words, prices are rising faster than wages.
The average cost of a commodity rose by an average of 14 percent from $14.40 to $15.20 in 2018.
“In a sense, prices have become a proxy for wages, since they reflect the cost of labor and food in terms of what is produced,” said Sarah Jones, a research fellow at the Center who co-authored the report.
“If the cost per unit goes up, wages fall.
So there’s a price-to-wage ratio.
This has led to some wage stagnation.”
In the meantime, the lack of access to decent living standards is also contributing to the increase in farm labor costs.
Jones said that when workers are paid less than $15 per hour, it has a profound effect on their health.
“When they’re making less than what they’re used to, they’re going to have problems, like depression, anxiety, and poor sleep,” she said.
“They’re going in and out of the hospital more often.”
While some of the costs of living are likely to increase in coming years, Jones said the real problem is that Americans aren’t getting paid enough.
“There are a lot of people who are getting paid more than what their employers pay for them,” she added.
“People are making too much money.
They’re getting sicker.
This is not sustainable.” “
What’s really troubling is that we’re also getting a lot less for the food that we grow.
This is not sustainable.”
As the United Nations estimates that the world will need to grow at