ERIC Number: ED313511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Financial Distress and Dislocation in Washington Agriculture: Alternative Adjustment Options for Dislocated Workers. A Report of the Washington Task Force on Agricultural Adjustment Options.
Washington State Univ., Pullman.
A study was conducted in 1987 to: (1) assess the impact of the farm financial crisis in Washington State; (2) identify at-risk populations; and (3) suggest appropriate programs and agency responses. Particular emphasis was placed on making recommendations for training and development programs to aid in reemployment of dislocated agricultural producers and workers. Information was gathered through a task force effort that involved testimony of expert witnesses, interviews with service providers and members of the agricultural community, and analysis and application of secondary data. The study found that Washington does not have a statewide crisis; rather, it has pockets of distress, severe in some localities. Financial data indicate that approximately 2,800 Washington farms are likely to fail in the 2 to 3 years following the study. Tentative estimates of dislocation impact suggest that approximately 3,000 to 5,000 agricultural workers will be dislocated within the next 3 years. Lack of unemployment benefits will mean serious distress for many of these producers and hired workers. Successful reemployment of dislocated workers will require improved linkages between the labor supply and labor demand. Two strategies to achieve this linkage are (1) improved up-to-date information on local job availability and (2) economic development efforts in agricultural communities that coordinate economic development with training efforts. Multiagency cooperation will be required to achieve these goals. (The report includes 77 references. Six appendices provide the project proposal; a set of task force meeting agendas; a graphical analysis of the financial situation of the state's farms; a copy of the 1987 Washington Farm & Family Resource Guide; a farm issue survey form; and a directory of model programs titled "The Unsettling of the Midwest: Education's Response to the Rural Crisis.") (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Board for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.
Identifiers - Location: Washington