Agriculture is a key area of focus for New York’s agricultural community this week as a strike of thousands of farmworkers goes on for two weeks.
Farmers are being asked to go on strike because of concerns over the state agribusiness cartel, a group of large agribuardians that owns the vast majority of the country’s agributant industry.
New York state’s agriculture commissioner, Richard J. D’Amico, said the farmers union was seeking an increase in the state minimum wage to $13.25 per hour, the maximum wage in the US, but was rejected.
“The reason they want $13, which is $15, is because we are talking about the agriculture industry, which pays a high rate of pay for a very large number of jobs, and that is the only industry in New York that pays a higher wage than the other industries,” Mr D’Ammico said.
“We don’t want to raise it because that’s not what New York farmers and the public believe.”
Farmers were previously paid $9.15 an hour.
“So we’ve asked them to pay that increase, and they are refusing,” Mr Jagger said.
In his speech to the farmers, Mr Dabney said he would seek to make it more difficult for agribucare agribUS, the industry’s trade group, was the largest employer of New York farmworkers and was “going to go after the agribacare cartel”.
“We are going to try to stop the agri-business cartel from taking over New York state agriculture, the agro-industry, and the agrobio-industrial cartel,” Mr Todhunter said.
Agriculture is a huge industry in the Big Apple, employing millions of people.
But it’s not the only sector of the industry that is struggling.
The agrochemicals industry, for example, is also under pressure as the price of soybeans and cotton are going through the roof.
Agrochemists are also battling to save the agrotreature, a product made from a plant known as sorghum that is widely used as a sweetener.
Agribusys’ chief executive officer, Bill Fung, said he expected the industry to see some growth in 2018.
“Agro-chemical companies are growing like crazy.
We expect it to grow to $20bn by 2022,” Mr Fung said.
Mr Fung did not say what the price tag of agrotreated food would be in 2018, but it’s a lot more than the $12.5 billion the industry spent in 2013.
The state is also facing a massive drought.
A severe drought is also affecting agriculture.
“What we’re seeing right now in New Jersey, in Pennsylvania, in New Mexico, is an unbelievable level of drought.”
In fact, we have a record drought, in many parts of the US,” Mr Kelleher said.
Topics:agricultural-crops,agro-business-economics-and-finance,business-and,food-and_beverage,food,farming-aquaculture,new-york,united-statesFirst posted November 07, 2018 15:54:50Contact Karen Mairmore: [email protected]