New guest worker legislation expected soon


By Larry Lee, Brownfield

September 12, 2019


A dairy group leader says to watch for a new proposal in Washington to help farmers get year-round guest workers. Laurie Fischer with the American Dairy Coalition tells Brownfield, We are hearing (about) a new bipartisan bill that is starting to move forward. Were working with the author and also co-sponsors on that.


Fischer says shes expecting the introduction of a bill from Florida Congressman Ted Yoho as early as this week. I know of about 50 different legislators that are interested and considering cosponsorship, so this is something that we knew for a while that was going to happen in September and its starting to get some traction.


Even though many farmers need a year-round labor solution, Fischer says farmers should still comment on the proposed H-2A worker visa improvements now under consideration, so lawmakers understand their needs.


The American Dairy Coalition says this bill will establish a new guest worker program overseen by the USDA, rather than the Department of Labor a department better suited to understand the unique labor needs of the dairy and agriculture industries. They also say Yohos bill has these features: