Produce Industry Information
Farmers, agricultural managers and ranchers use chillers to clean their produce and ship it to a distribution center. This includes grocery stores, manufacturing plants, bakeries, restaurants and other places that make and sell food. Agricultural workers provide the manual labor that involves collecting the produce from the fields and bringing it into the cooling tanks. Millions of acres of land are worked every year to yield enough crop to sell and make a profit. The whole existence of farming depends on the soil health, weather, insects, and other uncontrollable factors. Many families and ranchers work on family owned farms. More than half of agricultural workers, and farmers are self-employed. Hazards of this type of work include environmental (tornadoes, floods, etc.), machine based (tractors, tools) and chemical (pesticides.), just to name a few.