Navarro to dairy farmers: Make voice heard on immigration

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By MAA

MADISON, Wis. — If Congress and President Trump do not make progress on immigration legislation before spring, Republican strategist and CNN political analyst Ana Navarro predicts it will not get done in 2018.

Navarro spoke to hundreds of dairy farmers and other industry professionals during the annual Dairy Strong conference Jan. 18 at Monona Terrace. Immigration is a key issue for dairy farmers since immigrants make up a large portion of their workforce. Continue reading “Navarro to dairy farmers: Make voice heard on immigration”

Conaway urges dairy farmers to stay vocal

By MAA

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Rep. Mike Conaway, (R-Texas), spoke Dec. 13 at the American Dairy Coalition 2017 annual business meeting.

The meeting was attended by producers and allied businesses of the dairy industry from across the country.  Rep. Conway briefed attendees on progress the Agriculture Committee has made on the upcoming Farm Bill and urged ADC to rally the dairy industry into a united front for the 2018 Farm Bill. He said everything is on track for the Farm Bill to be brought to the House Floor early next year and the final Farm Bill to be completed by next fall.

Conaway addressed the rising concerns over a lack of a reliable safety net tool for the dairy industry. He discussed new policy that is moving forward that will improve current tools dairy producers are using for risk management because of the continued loss of profitability due to depressed milk prices. ADC will release more details as they become available.  Continue reading “Conaway urges dairy farmers to stay vocal”

Dairy marketing cooperative backs proposed guestworker bill

By MAA

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative, which represents about 800 dairy farmers throughout the Midwest, have formally endorsed a federal bill aimed at solving an increasingly dire rural workforce situation.

The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) was introduced in the House  Judiciary Committee by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

John Pagel, a dairy farmer in Wisconsin and president of the cooperative, said DBMMC applauded the efforts of Goodlatte to help farmers have access to a sustainable workforce.
“Maintaining a reliable workforce is one of the foremost concerns of our nearly 800 dairy farmer members throughout the Midwest. Changes in demographics and labor patterns have made it impossible for growing
farms to fill all available positions with American citizens,” he said. “As a result, dairy farming has become increasingly dependent on foreign-born employees. Unfortunately, there are no agricultural visa programs that meet dairy farmers’ year-round staffing needs, highlighting the importance to quickly move the AG Act forward.

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