A broad cross section of agriculture organizations and companies, including the American Sheep Industry Association, are signers of a letter to Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi calling for the passage of immigration legislation to address the labor crisis facing American agriculture.
The letter states: The House must pass legislation that preserves agriculture's experienced workforce by allowing current farm workers to earn legal status. For future needs, legislation must create an agricultural worker visa program that provides access to a legal and reliable workforce moving forward. This visa program needs to be market-based and have the flexibility to meet the needs of producers, including those with year-round labor needs, such as dairy and livestock. The agreement reached by agriculture employers and worker groups earlier this year helps meet the labor needs of agriculture, both now and in the future.