CA Growers, Organizations Share Ag Labor Struggles and Solutions

November 6, 2017 10:14 AM
Produce growers are searching for long-term solutions not just a short-term fix when it comes to agricultural labor. 
However, lawmakers and the farming community are mixed when it comes to those different solutions.
The Ag Guest worker Act, introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte cleared the House Judiciary Committee in late October. It’s designed to replace the H-2A Program.
That’s not the only piece of legislation floating around Congress. 
Lawmaker Lamar Smith introduced legislation called the Legal Workforce Act, which could mandate employers to use the e-verify system to check legal status of agricultural employees.
It’s a tug-of-war battle to see which piece of legislation proposed at roughly the same time will work for farmers.
AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben talked with West Coast produce growers Neil Nagata with Nagata Bros. Farms in Oceanside, Ca., and Al Stehly with Rockwood Ranch in Escondido, Ca., about their challenges and thoughts on potential legislation. Betsy also talked with Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers as well.
Listen to the full AgDay segment above.

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Spell Check

Carolyn Rees
Wilder, ID
11/7/2017 08:31 AM

  Would you please just print out the discussion? Reading is faster than video for many of us. If video format is inserted into my reading, I just skip it. Jumping from one format to another is irritating. Thank you for the opportunity to express this thought. I wonder if others feel the same.

Jack Balcombe
Lorimor, IA
11/7/2017 10:09 AM

  Yes, I agree with Carolyn. I almost never watch videos and when text is followed by video I just close the page.


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