Ag groups continue calls for addressing ag labor crisis

Senate urged to pass an agriculture workforce reform bill by 446 agricultural groups.


Jacqui Fatka, Feedstuffs

Aug 03, 2022


Senators again were urged to support agriculture workforce reform, with the latest effort from 446 agricultural trade associations, agribusinesses and farmer co-ops in a letter to Senate leadership in both parties and copied to all 100 senators. However, changes are still sought from the House version from the American Farm Bureau Federation.


“The Agriculture Workforce Coalition urges the Senate to pass an agriculture workforce reform bill this Congress that provides the solution American agriculture needs to defend our national security through protecting our domestic agricultural production and curtailing rising food costs for every consumer,” the letter states.


The letter comes in the heels of a new analysis released in mid-July by House supporters also urging Senate action on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., have been working for months to get an agreement its own version of the ag workforce bill.


The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which passed the House for the second time in March 2021, creates a workforce solution for America’s agriculture industry. The House approved bill would establish a program for agricultural workers in the United States to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment and contribution to the U.S. agricultural economy...


Action needed soon ...