Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Crop and farm diversification provide social benefits

Authors

Gary W. Johnston
Suzanne Vaupel
Franz R. Kegel
Melissa Cadet

Authors Affiliations

G.W. Johnston is County Director and Farm Advisor Emeritus, respectively, San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension; S. Vaupel is Agricultural Economist and Attorney in Sacramento specializing in agriculture law; F.R. Kegel is County Director and Farm Advisor Emeritus, respectively, San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension; M.Cadet is Agricultural Economist and Acting Director of the Sacramento YWCA.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 49(1):10-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v049n01p10. January 1995.

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Abstract

Agronomic and economic benefits of diversification have been well documented, but social benefits are less well known. Two recent California studies show that diversity of crops and farm enterprises creates year-round or extended season employment for farmworkers. Additional strategies for doing so are paced work, selective mechanization, new technologies, break-even crops and coordinating work with other farmers or local industries. Workers employed on a year-round basis or for a longer season have higher incomes, more employer-paid benefits and can provide a better standard of living for their families than their seasonal counterparts. Farmers have found many benefits from a year-round or extended employment system. Some of these are increased worker availability, increased productivity and dependability, less need for worker training and increased personal satisfaction.

Johnston G, Vaupel S, Kegel F, Cadet M. 1995. Crop and farm diversification provide social benefits. Hilgardia 49(1):10-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v049n01p10
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