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What They’re Saying About the AG Act

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Washington, October 24, 2017 | Beth Breeding (2022255431) | comments
The Ag Act enjoys broad support from America’s agricultural community.
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Today, the House Judiciary Committee began consideration of the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092) and will reconvene its markup tomorrow. This bill, introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), creates a new, workable agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers and enjoys broad support from America’s agricultural community. The AG Act provides access to a legal, stable supply of workers for seasonal as well as year-round work. Here’s what some of the leading agricultural groups are saying about the AG Act. A full list of supporters can be found here.

American Dairy Coalition, representing over 30,000 farmers across the United States:
“We applaud the leadership of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in working to provide a viable solution for the United States of America’s nourishment-production industry. The AG Act is desperately needed by the agriculture industry that requires a reliable workforce to remain in business and provide the safe, affordable and abundant food supply that American consumers demand.”

American Farm Bureau Federation: “The new guestworker program established by the AG Act offers vast improvements over the existing H-2A program, opening up new opportunities for subsectors such as dairy, mushrooms, and others.”

National Milk Producers Federation: “The Agriculture Guestworker Act (AG Act) represents a significant, positive step forward in solving the most acute labor problem our farmers face: access to a reliable and steady labor force … We recognize that your proposal is the best vehicle to arrive at a balanced solution to the immigration conundrum.”

National Pork Producers Council: “The U.S. pork industry needs a viable agriculture workforce to remain globally competitive. The current visa programs are not working for pork producers or for the broader agriculture community. The Goodlatte bill will rectify this.”

National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, and the North American Meat Institute: “The National Turkey Federation (NTF), National Chicken Council (NCC), and North American Meat Institute (NAMI) commend the Chairman for his leadership and introduction of this legislation and are encouraged by this important step to help ensure a reliable workforce for the meat and poultry industry.”

More on the AG Act can be found here.
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