Farm Bureau members from Pennsylvania were in Washington, D.C., last week talking with lawmakers about the need to reform ag labor laws. Julie Masser Ballay, chief financial officer and vice president of Sterman Masser Inc., explained in Newsline that the availability of labor is the biggest issue facing her potato farm.
“We have a difficult time, just like many other operations, finding a stable workforce to help us plant and harvest our crops, as well as pack and distribute to all the grocery stores that we service,” Ballay said. “We have made a large investment in automation, but it still requires people. These are long hours because you have a short window in which you need to harvest and it’s difficult working conditions.”