The Voice of Dairy Farmers in Our Nation's Capital

Policy Priorities:

Support Crucial House Progress in Ag Labor Reform

All of American agriculture is facing a labor crisis, which COVID has intensified. Dairy’s workforce needs are especially acute because the year-round industry cannot access the H-2A temporary seasonal agricultural visa program.

In December 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), a milestone in the path toward broader ag-labor legislative reform. The coronavirus pandemic understandably has halted most non-pandemic legislation but, last week, the House restarted FWMA as a vehicle for ag labor reform. NMPF supports this legislation, and the more bipartisan support this bill receives in the House, the more likely the Senate will include agricultural workforce needs in its own immigration-reform efforts.