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Farm Bureau Members Call for New Guest Worker Visa to Provide Stable Labor Source on the Farm

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:00:51 CDT

Farm Bureau Members Call for New Guest Worker Visa to Provide Stable Labor Source on the Farm Without access to an adequate and stable workforce, many farmers are being forced to leave fresh produce to rot in the fields. Farmers and ranchers across the country are calling for long-overdue reform to the current guest worker visa program that would create flexibility and provide stability in the agricultural workforce.

As Washington state farmers Burr and Rosella Mosby explain in a new video from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the farm workforce is dwindling, and even with higher wages, it’s hard to find enough workers for harvest. The Mosbys were forced to abandon a field of zucchini squash on their farm just south of Seattle when their workforce came up 25 percent short this season.

“I think we need more options,” Rosella Mosby said in talking about the guest worker visa program. She said there is an availability of foreign workers ready to come work in agriculture, but the current system does not give farmers or workers the flexibility needed to fill farm jobs.

“It’s supposed to be that you work hard and produce something, and you’re getting paid at the end of the day,” Burr Mosby said as he watched the 20-acre field being plowed under. “Here we produced something. We grew it, and I don’t have enough hands to pick it, put it in boxes, and sell it to the grocery store. That’s what hurts.” The Mosbys estimate that their workforce shortage this year will cost them $100,000 in lost profits and productivity.

The video can be downloaded here. The page also includes several different options for broadcast purposes.

Source - American Farm Bureau Federation



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