Some farmers are concerned about attracting and retaining employees ahead of the 2023 season.
North Central Indiana Farmer Scott Smith raises corn, soybeans, and processing tomatoes and says it’s becoming more challenging to find seasonal workers.
“We depend a lot on seasonal labor and there’s a shortage of that. It seems to be harder every year, but we need reliable help and it’s just very hard,” he says. “We have labor for about 30 days in the spring and about 60 days of harvest and to find an incentive to get workers to come up and do this kind of work to provide food is hard.