"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 the U.S. could lose $5 billion to $9 billion in
agricultural production and $3 billion in net farm income if growers are
left without a sufficient legal workforce, said Paul Schlegel, director
of public policy for the Farm Bureau."
The Packer, Oct. 11, 2011.