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by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF

farmers immigration


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. Continue reading

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

Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” Continue reading

Everett 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
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. Continue reading

immigration bill
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. Continue reading

An article in the Wall Street Journal says Republicans are getting set for a battle over legal immigration. The debate is going to hinge on whether or not Republicans believe foreign workers are a driver for economic growth as business groups say, or if they consider foreign workers as competition for American workers, a position held by the populist wing of the GOP. Continue reading

immigration farm labor shortage
A blog by the Washington Post says if President-elect Donald Trump pursues a major crackdown on illegal immigration, prices of some fruits and vegetables may soar higher. Trump has promised a crackdown on the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Continue reading

H-2A Program
The H-2A program has grown exponentially over the last seven years, especially in California, showing history repeating itself in the agriculture labor sector. Continue reading

Agriculture Labor
A competitive trend in an already challenging agriculture labor, sector is leaving some producers out of luck during harvest.

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