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Farmers Need Solution to Immigration Challenge

by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF

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Too many of the nation’s dairy farmers are facing an ongoing, daunting challenge: finding enough American workers to fill jobs on their farms, even when they provide wages higher than those paid by other local jobs.  This “between a rock and hard place” dilemma has grown more acute as the national unemployment rate has dropped – and will likely get even more dire, now that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun stepping up its efforts to locate and remove undocumented individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Fritz Roka – Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS.

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the potential future of the migrant workforce in the American agriculture industry.
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Trump’s Wall and Mexican Trade

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By Abgail Taylor

The implementation of President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border could alter the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida stationed at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the implications of the wall and its possible effect on Mexican trade.
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Migrant Help

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Everett Griner talks about the wide background of the migrant worker in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Impacting Agriculture

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Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration Crackdown Making Farm Labor Nervous

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Recent government raids targeting undocumented immigrants in the United States are causing distress through the agriculture labor sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Political Winds

politicalEverett Griner talks about a look at the political changes ahead for farmers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Food Producers Accelerating Exports to Mexico, Searching for New Markets

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U.S. food producers are expediting shipments to Mexico and seeking alternative markets as concerns rise over immigration and trade policy changes. Food producers are lining up alternative markets as business could be at risk if clashes over trade and immigration escalate between Mexico and the U.S., according to Reuters. Read the rest of this entry »

Report Shows Crop Insurance Saved 21,000 Jobs in 2012 Drought

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A new report by the Farm Credit Services of America shows crop insurance saved nearly 21,000 jobs in four states during the 2012 drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard Choices


Everett Griner talks about why farmers are facing hard choices for their upcoming crops in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Would Move H2A Program to USDA

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A bill introduced earlier this month into the House of Representatives (H.R. 281) is titled the Family Farm Relief Act, dealing specifically with immigration. Read the rest of this entry »

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