Duarte Says H.R. 2 E-Verify Program “Devastating” for Farmers

Sabrina Halvorson Labor and Immigration, Legislative

A Republican congressman says the GOP’s border bill doesn’t work for farmers or farm workers. H.R.2, the Secure the Border Act passed in the House last week with a vote of 219 to 213. All Democrats were opposed and all but two Republicans were in favor. One of those two Republicans was John Duarte of California. In an interview with …

AgNet Weekly: Representative John Duarte on his H.R. 2 Vote

Sabrina Halvorson AgNet Weekly, Legislative

H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, passed in the House this week by a vote of 219 to 213, with all Democrats opposed and all but two Republicans in favor. Those Republicans were Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Representative John Duarte of California.  Representative Duarte joins host Sabrina Halvorson this week to discuss why he voted against the …


Loss Of Foreign Workers Would Hurt Agriculture

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration, Pork

Given a tight labor market, particularly in rural areas, the loss of foreign-born workers would lead to a drop in agricultural jobs, according to a study commissioned by the National Pork Producers Council. Economists with Iowa State University (ISU), using a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, determined that a reduction in the foreign-born workforce – …


Remember to Invest in Farm and Ranch Employees

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

When it comes to farming, it’s important to remember your number one assets. Forget about all the fantastic technology and equipment available for ag these days, focus on the most important cog in your business machinery, your people. As labor becomes harder and harder for growers to find, its important invest the time to develop a culture at your business …


Farm Bureau’s Duvall Praises ‘Fresh Air’ in D.C.

Dan Industry News Release

Calls for Better Immigration, Trade, Farm Bill American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall called on farmers and ranchers to redouble their efforts to advocate for agriculture, even as the current administration has begun moving to undo some of the regulations that have burdened them for years. “We have had a seat at the table with the Trump administration,” Duvall …

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DuPont Pioneer Confirms Iowa Layoffs

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

DuPont Pioneer officials earlier this week confirmed the company has laid off “an undisclosed number of workers” in Iowa. A spokesperson for the company said the layoffs are an effort to “integrate our operations and establish a streamlined, efficient, built-for-purpose organization.” DuPont and Dow Chemical closed their $150 billion merger this fall, with plans of creating several smaller companies, including …

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Agri View: Political Questions and Issues

Dan Agri View, Legislative

Everett Griner talks about some of the political questions and issues facing agricultural producers in today’s Agri View. Everett discusses what Congress has been most focused on — taxes and foreign labor. These two factors have more impact on agriculture than all of the others combined. But, Everett also asked questions about other issues that need to be covered for agriculture. …


Rep. Carter Discusses H-2A with Secretary of Labor Acosta

Randall Weiseman Labor and Immigration, Legislative

Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter and other members of Congress met with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to discuss recommended changes to regulations regarding the H-2A. The officials outlined seven key areas where they wanted to see regulation reform. Those areas are: Streamline the application process and improve operating efficiencies. Refine domestic recruitment requirement Improve housing availability Changes to program eligibility …


NMPF Recognizes Members of Congress for Focusing Attention on Dairy Workforce Needs

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

As discussions over immigration policy continue on Capitol Hill, the National Milk Producers Federation thanked members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges faced by dairy producers. NMPF has called on legislators to address this dilemma for more than a decade. “We welcome these bipartisan efforts to shine a light on an issue …

Farmers Need Solution to Immigration Challenge

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF 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 …