Column: A real, meaningful solution for America's farms
Last updated 11/7/2019 at 12:26pm
When I talk to farmers in Central Washington and across the country, having access to a stable and legal workforce is often their number one concern. Each year, it becomes harder to hire domestic workers, and farm owners have become increasingly dependent on the H-2A agricultural guestworker program to grow and harvest their goods for market. This has amounted to a critical labor shortage for our agriculture industry – one of the most important sectors of our nation’s economy.
Since I was elected to Congress, making reforms to our nation’s agricultural labor programs has been one of...