Meet Steve Maxwell.
He’s the brains behind Highland Precision Ag. Growing up alongside his grandfather in the fields of Georgia, Steve has seen firsthand some of the challenges growers have faced with maintaining postharvest quality, as well as handling and marketing their products. That’s why he’s dedicated himself to building a company steeped in precision agriculture practices committed to the success of the farmer.
Are you in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?
The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Climate change. No one wants to talk about it, yet, it’s something that will continue to have an impact on the agriculture industry for years to come. And farmers—arguably the individuals most affected by weather variability—may be on the front lines in the battle against it, armed with more sustainable farming practices, such as precision agriculture technologies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that $130 million in funding is available to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including: certified organic production, agriculture technology, food safety and more.
Weather can be the source of a variety of farming struggles for growers. But did you know that many farmers actually rely on cold temperatures to help prevent insect infestations?
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. While regulators shouldn’t be the enemy to growers, sometimes it can feel like they are.