Mexican workers arrive in Florida for harvest season

From Fresh Fruit Portal | 28 December 2023

Overview of strawberries from Florida in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on December 22, 2023.

Around 5,000 migrant workers coming from Mexico arrived in Florida for the harvesting period of the season. 

For the next few months, the workers will help harvest strawberries, cantaloupes, and various vegetables from farms across the state.

Wesh News reports the H2A visa workers were welcomed with a celebration in Dover, Hillsborough County, on Dec. 18 before being greeted by the Mexican consulate in Orlando, Juan Sabines.

In 2022, Florida ranked the second largest strawberry-producing state in the U.S., right below California.

strawberry volumes by hi 4

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Officials say Florida is home to more than 50,000 H-2A visa workers.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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