Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just in from Washington

Agriculture Launches #IFarmImmigration Campaign for Reform

Washington--More than 70 of the largest agriculture groups in the country are joining the Partnership for a New American Economy in a month-long campaign in Washington, D.C., and in districts to push Congress for immigration reform. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 70 of the largest American agriculture groups today joined with the Partnership for a New American Economy to launch #IFarmImmigration, an agriculture campaign to support renewed efforts to enact immigration reform this year.

The campaign will stress the agriculture sector's critical need for immigration reform with activities online and on the ground, in Washington D.C. and in key districts. The month starts with a Capitol Hill Briefing on Wednesday, during which congressional staff will hear from farmers and ranchers about the need for immigration reform. The campaign will also release new research on labor shortages and throughout the month, farmers and ranchers will be on the ground telling their stories through farm tours, social and traditional media, videos and community events for members of Congress in their districts.

"Immigration reform is critical for the agricultural industry," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "This campaign will highlight how many farmers rely on an immigrant labor force and without reform, growers will begin to plant less labor intensive crops or go off shore. Simply put, either we import our labor or we import our food."

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