By Joe Sigg, Arizona Farm Bureau's Government Relations Director: Several state Farm Bureau’s, selected for their expertise and involvement with labor issues (Arizona was part of this task force) spent about eight months setting forth a new visa reform program for U.S. agriculture. It has been unanimously accepted by the American Farm Bureau, and all of its elements are covered by current policy.
It covers all agricultural enterprises, seasonal and long term needs and has the flexibility needed to source new areas of foreign labor. Of course visa reform is tied to the whole immigration issue, but this plan does not purport to”solve” immigration issues – the intent is to solve labor issues for U.S. (and Arizona) agriculture.
The plan is flexible enough to attract other advocacy groups for U.S. and regional agriculture and such unity will be key in the months ahead.