Future Of Ag Immigration Reform Up In The Air

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against the Democrats’ plan to provide eight million green cards as a part of their $3.5 trillion spending bill. According to The Hill, that decision makes getting immigration reform to President Biden’s desk much harder. The American Farm Bureau Federation noted that Ag labor reform in a partisan manner would […]

NMPF Pleased With Effort To Make Dairy Producers Eligible For H-2A

Last week, the National Milk Producers Federation expressed their pleasure with an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, proposed by representatives Dan Newhouse and Henry Cuellar that will allow the dairy industry to participate in the H-2A program. NMPF’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg, said the amendment is very important to the […]

Farm Bureaus: The Southern Border Must Be Addressed

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently joined all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico Farm Bureau in sending a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. The letter went to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland as well as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro […]

Newhouse Throws Support For Salazar Immigration Reform Proposal

On Wednesday, Dan Newhouse, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, joined other lawmakers on the steps of the U.S. capital, calling for “real, commonsense immigration reform”. Newhouse threw his support behind Florida Representative María Elvira Salazar’s Dignity Proposal. Newhouse said the proposal is based on the principles of border security, asylum reform, protection for Dreamers, […]

Will The 117th Congress Address Immigration Reform

The current Congress will address many big issues over the next two years that will have a direct impact on the farming community. From how the country rebounds from the COVID pandemic, to the best ways to expand trade opportunities, and how to improve a crumbling infrastructure nationwide. And while it may not be the […]

Newhouse: Keeping Momentum Behind Workforce Act Proving Challenging

It’s been over three decades the last time Ag labor laws saw major changes in the U.S. Many had hoped that streak would come to an end after the Workforce Modernization Act Cleared the House to wrap up 2019. Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said when the legislation was sent to the Senate for consideration supporters […]

Yoho To Roll Out Ag Labor Reform Bill

Representative Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican, is working on an agricultural guest worker reform bill, he calls the Agricultural Guest worker Proposal.  He said his legislation differs from the Farm Workforce Modernization Act recently introduced by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Zoe Lofgren.   Yoho said his AGWP creates a reliable source of labor […]

Ag Secretaries Talk Immigration

On Monday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue sat down with his counterpart from Mexico.  And as Rod Bain points out, immigration was the #1 topic of discussion.     The visit between the Ag secretaries was just one of several meetings between U.S. and Mexican officials focused on President Trump’s proposed tariffs.     If you […]

AFBF: Lofgren Legislation Does Not Address Labor Issues In Ag

California Democrat Zoe Lofgren, is the new chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee.  She recently introduced legislation addressing the legal status of agricultural workers.  Paul Schlegel, American Farm Bureau Federation public policy managing director, says the bill provides a path to legalization for agricultural workers, as well as their spouses and minor children.   “It’s […]