Horticulture Economics

LABOR MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND MECHANIZATION IN THE HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY

Benedict C. Posadas, Ph.D.
Mississippi State University
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Coastal Research  and Extension Center 

1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532
E-mail: ben.posadas@msstate.edu 
URL: http://coastal.msstate.edu/socio-economic-impact 

A regional socioeconomic survey of randomly selected wholesale nurseries and greenhouses was conducted in eight selected southern U.S. states as a part of a research program undertaken by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Labor entitled “Enhancing Labor Performance of the Green Industry in the Gulf South.” The socioeconomic survey consisted of eight parts: workers’ demographic characteristics, nursery characteristics, nursery automation, greenhouse automation, labor and capital markets, pesticide and chemicals, working conditions, and respondents’ characteristics (Posadas et al., 2004). The overall goals of the regional socioeconomic survey were to develop a socioeconomic profile of horticulture workers and to evaluate the impact of automation on their employment, earnings, safety, skill-levels, and retention rates.

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Dr. Posadas completed several publications covering socioeconomic characteristics of workers and their working conditions and owners and operators (Posadas et al., 2010a; Posadas et al., 2014; Posadas, 2018), socioeconomic determinants  of technology adoption (Posadas et al., 2005; Posadas, 2018), operational characteristics of greenhouses and nurseries (Posadas et al., 2010b), socioeconomic impacts of mechanization and automation (Posadas et al., 2008; Posadas, 2012), and current mechanization systems (Coker et al., 2010; 2015). These publicationas are listed in http://coastal.msstate.edu/ben-publications