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AGRIBUSINESS: Farm Bureau Calls Immigration Measure Balanced

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According to the American Farm Bureau Federation - the immigration reform bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee is balanced and includes a fair and workable farm labor provision.

Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman says the time is long overdue for the nation to have a comprehensive agricultural labor plan that works for all sectors or agriculture across all regions of the country. He says the success of American agriculture depends on the workers who show up every day and work in partnership with the nation’s farm and ranch families to tend crops and livestock. Stallman says Farm Bureau believes the bill approved by the Judiciary Committee will help ensure an adequate supply of farm labor and provide an increased level of surveillance of high-risk areas along our borders.

Stallman notes this could be a banner year for public policy advances related to agriculture. He says efforts to win farm labor reform, make progress on the farm bill and upgrade the nation’s waterway shipping system are setting the table for what could be a great year for ag policy.