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“No farms, no food,” says a popular bumper sticker. Well, without Farm Labor Contractors, many Farmers would find it impossible to grow and harvest all that food, and the modern farming system as we know it would be no more. As a Farm Labor Contractor, you recruit, train, manage, transport, and pay Farm Laborers, providing them to Farmers to assist in a variety of farming activities. You work in any area with a large enough number of sizable growing operations.
Being a Farm Laborer is one of the most physically demanding jobs a person can do, and the financial rewards are often few. As a Farm Labor Contractor, you have a chance to improve the lives of those who work for you. You can do this by developing relationships with farms that pay a living wage. This calls for good communication and networking skills.
You also need good communication skills to manage your workers and the Foremen who are directly in charge of them in the field. Many states require you to submit detailed paperwork showing that your employees’ wages are in line with state laws, so you need good math and accounting skills as well. However, if your operation is large enough, you often employ an Accountant and/or Bookkeeper.
Many Farm Labor Contractors also provide food, lodging, and transportation for their workers. It’s your responsibility to make sure that these amenities are safe, clean, and obey state laws for occupancy. You have a real chance to provide a good standard of living for a group of people without whom society would starve. So you need to have pride in your job and your place in society.
Every day, you’re out there in the field (literally), making sure that your people are getting the job done, your clients are happy, and that everyone is getting a fair deal. You deal with Farm Owners, State Representatives, and licensing offices. It’s a hard job, but it is dynamic, ever changing, and always presents new and unique challenges.