On-farm labour is a growing concern for canola farmers. Canola farms need a specialized skill set from their workers, such as operating heavy machinery or understanding agricultural inputs. Workers also need to be willing to live in rural areas and work seasonal jobs.
Finding reliable access to this kind of labour is a challenge. A Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC) survey from March reveals that 37% of grain and oilseed farms experienced sales losses due to labour shortages in 2014. Farms looking to expand, increase productivity, or capitalize on new marketing opportunities struggle with finding and retaining good labour to support their plans.
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