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k-289
Senior Advisor

Labor Market

Latest  census  reviles  loss  of  population  in  rural  U S A , adding  to  farm  labor  shortages  -  -  -

Secretary  of  Republican  Party , in  Haskell  County  Kansas  states,  the  policy  for  immigration  needs  changes  and  updates -  -  -

Experts  didn't  recognize  this  market  event  until  lately - ?  With  the   farm  labor  pool   is  diminishing ,  liken  to  the  American  Trucking  Asso.  ( A T A ) driver  shortage ?  Interesting  observation  from  several  organizations ,  board  room  discussions  &  hand  wringing  -  -  - 

How  does  cheap  have  an  correlate  definition  of   the  new  buzz  phrase  of  essential  &   of  course ,  shortage  -  ?

First  hint  of  the  process ,  Live  Hog$  of  Oct. 2002  -  m a y b e  - ?   

   

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Labor Market

But then there`s articles about autonomous trucks and human truckdrivers out of business.  Stores seem to be training us with self checkouts, one day you`ll be billed for items as you put them in your shopping cart, that is things you don`t buy off of Amazon.  The labor shortage is short term, when the government runs out of ink to print welfare checks, in a few days there`s a switch between your bellybutton and spine that gets pushed when the stomach is empty and they`ll be looking for work. 

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k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Labor Market

Hopefully ,  the  F  S  A  ,   printers  ink  supply  isn't  low ,  waiting  for  a  container  ship  docking  in  Long  Beach - - -   

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Labor Market

Oh, they`ll run out of money for farmers too, don`t worry about that.  If there`s land to tax, farmers will pay more than their share of the burden.  

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k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Labor Market

Increased Land  Tax ,  increased  Gov. payments ,  while  the  labor  pool  diminishes  - being  the  constant  issue , in  the  Fields  Of  Dreams ,  all  the  while  the  real  estate  markets  are  aggressively  brisk    - - -

 

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rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: Take a look at the age distribution ....

Take a look at the age distribution of the US population compared to previously.  Previously it was shaped like a Christmas tree,  more younger people tapering to fewer as they aged.  Today, it's a rectangle with a blunt taper at the top.  People don't start dropping out of the population until they're in their late sixties and seventies.   Not only that, young women today aren't going to make babies and raise them for free anymore, why should they?

  If you want labor to keep this economy going, it needs to come from somewhere else.

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RJG640v8
Advisor

Re: Labor Market

it's a different world now and has been for at least 10 years in how you need to hire and then retain the good ones. People want to be respected and compensated. They are not as willing and even as dumb as people used to be in regards to what they see and what goes on where they are employed. You can't be the boss riding around in a new pick-up every year and at the same time tell them sorry , no raise this year... They don't buy it like people would have in the past. High employee turnover is incredibly costly, and then feeds and builds bad reputation which escalates and turns into a never ending circle of the same problem.

For me it's better to have all my trucks rolling and paying more to that driver than to have a few sitting idle in the yard. The fastest way to lose paying customers is to not service their needs. You can only tell them no a couple times before they move on to someone else...

The drivers are the best recruiters a trucking company has , as long as the employer is running and maintaining a quality outfit that takes care of their employees. I have no trouble keeping my trucks full and rolling. My piece of the pie is a bit smaller but it's still a nice piece. 

k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Labor Market

Anyone  on  this  site  have family  members  working  at  the  slaughter  (  harvest )  packing  plants ,  could  clue  US  in  on  the  remedy  of  this  issue  -  -  -

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Labor Market

I saw LinkedIn did a survey that wages are 4 th on list of what employees look for in a job.  Flexibility is tops and I agree, if the company can let me take time off for farming, I`ll not bug them for as many raises.  If a business absolutely has to have you there everyday 8:00am to after 5:00pm to turn lights on & off and lock & unlock doors, then they better get their checkbook out IMO.

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k-289
Senior Advisor

Re: Labor Market

The  help  wanted,  in  confinement  &  packing  houses  arena ,  has  been  short  handed  for  years ,  with  mandatory  Saturdays  , in  several  cases  -  -  -

$900.oo  positive  beef  packer  margins ,  with  labor  shortages  ,  what's  the  deal  -  ?  ?   

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