Alabama immigration law author snubs farmers despite crop losses

"A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing their farms." Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2011 .

Immigration reform tops public policy issues for growers, packers

"The stakes are rising and tempers are flaring in the immigration debate. As much of the agricultural community seeks to avoid a mandatory E-Verify law without a suitable guest worker program for agriculture, economists with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C., have estimated...

Alabama Schedules Webinar for Farmers

"Farmers with questions about how the state’s immigration law will affect their operations will have an opportunity to learn more Friday through a statewide web conference. ... “This law contains many provisions with stiff fines and penalties,” said John McMillan, state agriculture...

Farmers Fear E-Verify Could Devastate American Agriculture

"E-Verify's opponents contend the system will destroy agribusiness by driving up costs, shrinking the workforce, and wreaking havoc on food production. When Hollabaugh hears a legislator say E-Verify will save American jobs for Americans, "I just want to throttle him," she...

More California employers (except growers) using E-Verify

"For all the companies in the state joining E-Verify, however, hundreds of thousands have not, and agriculture is among the least represented industries, according to a list of E-Verify users obtained by this newspaper." - S an Jose Mercury News, Oct. 29, 2011 .

What is the risk of getting caught?

"ICE is focusing its effort on critical infrastructure, public safety and border security. In other words, agriculture isn't explicitly a priority for ICE. 'And they are right,' a vegetable farmer in Virginia said of ICE's approach. 'How much threat is some cucumber pickers?'...

Florida Farmers Feeling Pains of Immigration Politics

"You have to be fairly observant to make it in a business that’s affected by such fickle and hard-to-control phenomena as weather, bugs and human population trends. Florida famers have seen what’s happened recently to counterparts in Georgia and Alabama and they’re scared —...

Alabama law threatens livelihood of tomato farmer

"When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright's farmhands — all of them from Mexico — left and his business was devastated. Boatwright tried to hire legal workers, but of the 11 Americans he hired that came and sought work, only one returned the for a second day of work. Boatwright...

Citing Immigrant Labor Shortage, Alabama Farmers Reduce Planting

"Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration. Keith Dickie said he and other growers in the heart of...

America's Farmers, Ranchers Need Solutions, Not Band-Aids: Editorial

"AFBF will only support a mandatory E-verify program if there is a workable solution for agriculture. Absent that solution, if E-Verify is implemented, agriculture faces losing millions of dollars in productivity due to labor shortages." - Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau...

Farmers 'Heart' Immigration Reform

"It is our preference to grow our nation’s food here, and having the labor required to do that is in the best interest of all Americans. As you put dinner on the table tonight, remember a large part of it is made possible by American farmers, ranchers and immigrant labor. Immigration reform...