Newhouse: Ag Labor Issue On Pause In Senate

As lawmakers start a new year in Washington D.C., one of the biggest questions the farming community is hoping to see addressed revolves around Ag labor and immigration reform. Dan Newhouse, coauthor of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, said despite passing the House, the legislation has stalled in the Senate, primarily because President Biden’s Build […]

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 […]

Galen Encouraged That Senate Is Looking At Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act recently passed recently by the House of Representatives would give dairy farmers much needed greater access to foreign labor. The National Milk Producers Federation’s Chris Galen said House passage of the bill provides momentum towards addressing dairy’s labor needs. “Last week, the House of Representatives took a very important step […]

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 […]

DHS, USDA Take Action on Farm Labor Supply

The Department of Homeland Security, with support from USDA, announced a temporary final rule that would make changes to some H-2A Program requirements. According to USDA the changes are designed to help U.S. agricultural employers find and maintain a steady supply of labor, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lower the impact of COVID-19. […]

Wyden Says Program Will Increase Number Of Doctors In Rural Areas

On Wednesday, Ron Wyden joined a handful of other senators urging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to resume premium processing for physicians seeking employment-based visas. Senator Wyden said doctors on these visas increase access to health care, especially in rural areas, through the Conrad 30 program, which allows foreign medical school graduates who have […]

Pelosi: Deportation Delay Won’t Lead to Immigration Deal

Agriculture may be waiting a while for the nation to improve the immigration program it relies on to provide farm laborers. President Trump agreed to a two-week postponement of mass deportation of illegal immigrants while asking Congress to work out an agreement on changes to the nation’s asylum laws.   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had […]

U.S., Mexico Reach Deal to Avoid Tariffs

Late Friday, President Trump tweeted he’s suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, saying the U.S. and Mexico has reached an agreement on stemming illegal immigration.  The president said Mexican officials “agreed to take strong measures” to cut down on the flow of illegal immigrants traveling through Mexico and entering the U.S.   The […]

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 […]