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Raisin industry seeks ways to withstand rising labor costs


Western Farm Press, March 7 2018

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“The raisin industry may not feel as much pain from the rising minimum wage as some other sectors because wages for farmworkers have already been trending above the minimum, a University of California-Davis agricultural economist says.

But “where we see more of an issue,” says Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center at the university, “is with the tightening agricultural overtime rules, which are causing growers to make more on-farm adjustments.”

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