Dr. Fritz Roka's economic program at SWFREC supports other applied research programs in Florida with economic data and strives to improve the quality of cost, price and market information available to Florida farm owners and managers. Improved information should help agricultural producers make more profitable decisions in their commercial operations. In addition, this information should aid in the way resources are managed so to enhance environmental quality and conserve the region's natural resources.
Seasonal field labor is particularly important to both vegetable and citrus growers who depend on these workers to transplant, stake, tie, prune, and finally harvest the season’s crop. The availability of farmworkers in southwest Florida is critical from December to March when the citrus harvest is in full swing and vegetable growers are occupied with a full slate of growing and harvest activities. The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) has found that migrant farmworkers comprise 67 percent of total farm work force in Florida. Below are documents that will provide a better understanding of the regulations that affect farm workers and demographics of the farm workers in Florida.