Utah: Vegetable farmers dependent on Mexican workers

Currently, the American Farm Bureau is lobbying hard for better access to foreign labour this summer. The future of farming in the district depends upon a program that allows Mexican seasonal workers to come here and return when the job is done.

“My livelihood is dependent on the program,” said Jeremy East, who farms about 300 acres of vegetables in Weber and Davis counties. “It’s important in the vegetable industry because there are no workers here that want to do it.”

Standard.net reports on Paul Schlegel, deputy executive director of public policy with the American Farm Bureau, saying the program that allows temporary visas for seasonal agricultural work has “historically been cumbersome and difficult.”

Proposed by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, House Resolution 4760, called the Securing America's Future Act of 2018, has a provision to reform the agricultural guest worker program.


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