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Reform Needed for Ag Guest Worker Program

Dan Labor and Immigration

Farm groups are pressing lawmakers to reform the ag guest worker program, despite dwindling guest workerprospects for such measures, after more sweeping immigration reform failed. The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council and others had hoped House ag guest worker reform was hitched to a huge spending bill passed in March. But, that bid failed when broader immigration reforms were kept out. National Pork Producers Council Dustin Baker says his group is still pushing for a new H-2C visa, to let 40,000 meatpacking and more than 400,000 on-farm foreign workers stay in the U.S. for up to three-years at a time.

Reform Needed for Ag Guest Worker Program