Immigration reform tops public policy issues for growers, packers

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 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.