Ag Workforce Bill Reintroduced

 

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

April 3rd, 2021

 

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, House Resolution (HR) 1537, March 3.

 

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act creates a solution to one of America’s agriculture industry’s biggest problems – workforce stability. The bill will provide stability, predictability and fairness to the most important sector of the U.S.’s economy, according to Lofgren and Newhouse.

 

Legislation goals

 

HR 1537 passed the House with strong bipartisan support in the 117th Congress. The bill’s goal is to provide a compromise solution making a meaningful reform to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program, while also creating a merit-based visa program specifically designed for the agriculture sector.

 

“The men and women working on America’s farms feed the nation,” said Lofgren during a press release. “However, many of them do so while living and working in a state of uncertainty and fear, which has only been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stabilizing the workforce will protect the future of our farms and our food supply.”

 

She continued, “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act accomplishes this by...

 

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