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Report Explores Long-Term Economic Impact of COVID-19 on California Agriculture Industries

A new report from agricultural economists at the University of California examines the current and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on California’s cattle, dairy, produce, strawberry, tomato, nut, and wine industries. Profiles in the report illustrate the different ways the pandemic has impacted dairy, beef, produce, and tree nuts. Additionally, experts assess what the future could hold for California’s leading agricultural industries. The report also addresses the effect of the pandemic on farm labor, and the authors conclude that farm labor supplies are likely to be reduced due to the pandemic, hastening the trend toward mechanization.