For Immediate Release
April 3, 2019
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement
AmericanHort Applauds Hearing on the State of American Agricultural Labor
Washington, DC - AmericanHort is pleased to recognize the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding today’s hearing entitled, “Securing the Future of American Agriculture”. In the hearing, Members heard from witnesses representing agricultural employers, family farms, and farm workers about the challenges facing labor-intensive agricultural sectors in today’s agricultural economy.
“As the committee works to assess immigration policies to assist agricultural producers, we’re hopeful a good, bipartisan solution can emerge that will achieve three important outcomes,” said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Research. “The solution that works must stabilize our current experienced agricultural workforce, provide for our future workforce needs, and achieve clarity and integrity in the hiring and employment eligibility verification process.”
AmericanHort is at the forefront of advocating for responsible agricultural and seasonal labor laws and visa programs that support the national interest and ensure labor-intensive agricultural employers, including nursery and greenhouse growers, access to the workforce they need to succeed. The association thanks Chairwoman Lofgren, Ranking Member Buck, and the subcommittee members for their attention to this important and urgent issue. We look forward to working with them and the full House, on a bipartisan basis, to address this urgent problem.
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