The cost of growing romaine hearts

The University of California at Davis Cooperative Extension recently published a study that offers a comprehensive breakdown of the costs associated with growing romaine hearts in the Central Coast region of California’s Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The study dives into various cost components, including labor, equipment, irrigation, carton yield, net returns per acre, and water expenses. It provides insights into the profitability of romaine lettuce production by analyzing prices and margins in different markets. While this doesn't affect our industry directly, it's an interesting case study to see how work can be done to understand the costs of different parts of the supply chain, for understanding the economics.  This can be insightful for us internally, but can also provide tangible backup for discussions with stakeholders and lawmakers on topics of costly practices like labor regulation.

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