Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative has joined a host of groups around the country calling for lawmakers to approve a federal bill aimed at providing a stable agricultural workforce.
The groups sent a letter Nov. 18 to leaders in the House of Representatives regarding the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The bill was released in the House on Oct. 30 by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.. It comes at a time when dairy farmers continue to struggle to find and keep skilled employees.
The bill would among other things provide a path to legalization for current farm workers and expand the H-2A foreign guestworker program.
The co-op said that while certain items in the bill are not ideal, this compromise proposal does make an effort to move needed ag workforce reform forward. Edge remains actively engaged with the Ag Workforce Coalition and the overall legislative process, which will provide the opportunity to address concerns.