How has Covid Changed Farming Labor? President of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services Ken Forth June 22


President of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services, the non-profit organization that administers the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Farmers across Ontario are preparing for their second full growing season in the midst of an ongoing pandemic that has made our crucial work even more complicated. The job of putting top-quality food on tables has always been difficult and risky. Whether a farmer has a successful season or not is dependent on numerous variables – weather, fluctuating markets, availability of labour and other conditions that are beyond the control of individual farmers.COVID-19 has only added to these challenges, particularly for hundreds of Ontario farmers who for over fifty years have come to depend on temporary seasonal labour from overseas because of a chronic shortage of domestic agricultural workers.

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