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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...

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?'...

H-2A Visa System Fails Pacific Northwest Pear Growers

"The Pacific Northwest grows the majority of the nation's pears, and they're predicted to have the third-largest harvest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries — not enough workers to pick the fruit." - NPR, Oct. 7...