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Farm Bureau Calls for Improvements to Ag Labor Bill

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Legislation advanced by the House Judiciary Committee falls short of a long-term solution to farm labor shortages, which constitute one of the most significant barriers to farm success in several regions of the country. “Before the bill was introduced, modifications were made in response …

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Robust Debate Expected on E-Verify in Florida

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis will prioritize a controversial proposal that would require Florida businesses to use a federal system to check the immigration status of new hires, but the leader of the Florida Senate said Tuesday he is “cautious” about passing such a plan. “I expect there will be a robust debate, but the case is going to have …

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Perdue Comments on Administrative Actions to Streamline H-2A Process

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement highlighting actions announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) that will modernize the burdensome H-2A visa process. First, DOL published a common-sense rule that eliminates the requirement to advertise a job opening in print newspapers, instead shifting to advertising on the DOL and State Workforce Agency websites, which are further …

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Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Washington, D.C. (USDA) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue met with a host of Ministers from Guatemala to discuss implementation of the recently signed agreement between the United States and Guatemala to improve H-2A visa program operations. Following the meeting, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “America’s farmers and ranchers need a legal and reliable agricultural workforce, and we …

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Yoho Drafts New Ag Labor Bill – Invites Ag Input

Dan Florida, Labor and Immigration, Legislative

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho this week released a draft of guest worker legislation that he is sharing with the farm sector for further comments and input. Yoho has produced a video about his efforts, and just announced a round table meeting with farmers for further input and discussion about his legislative ideas. The round table is scheduled for Wednesday, August …

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Secretary Perdue on Labor Agreement with Guatemala

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Washington, D.C. (USDA) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the Department of Labor and Guatemala on the signing of an agreement to improve H-2A visa program operations. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: “Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world, and they want to obey immigration law. This move by the United States and …

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Alabama Looking for Temporary Help during Peanut Harvest

Dan Alabama, Labor and Immigration, Peanuts

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be accepting applications and conducting interviews for temporary employment for the 2019 peanut harvest at various locations in the state during August. Tyron Spearman has more details. For more information concerning positions available, starting salaries along with dates and locations where applications will be accepted and interviews conducted, please visit: http://www.alabamafsis.com.

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U.S. and Guatemala Working Together on H-2A Recruiting

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(NAFB) — Governments in the U.S. and Guatemala are working together to form a “registered Foreign Labor Recruiter Program” for farmworkers who want to come to the U.S. Politico says the initiative is part of several agreements that the governments are discussing to address what they call “irregular immigration patterns.” Under the program, the U.S. would prioritize H-2A visa applications …

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Guest-Worker Reforms Essential as Enforcement Increases

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(AFBF) — The federal government’s announcement of plans to expand and expedite the deportation of undocumented workers prompted a forceful call for guest-worker reforms by AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We are a nation of laws and farmers believe our laws must be followed, but our laws also ought to allow for an adequate, legal workforce,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. …