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Farm Workforce Modernization Act Reintroduced

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The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) applauds the reintroduction of H.R. 1537 “Farm Workforce Modernization Act” which will create a workforce solution for the nation’s agriculture industry.

California agriculture represents $50 billion in production value and is a leader in the nation’s exports. However, securing a reliable workforce in California and across the nation has remained a constant struggle within the industry. With the introduction of H.R. 1537, there is an optimism that these concerns will finally be addressed.

CFFA President Ian LeMay stated, “The ability to have a reliable, legal workforce represents one of the most important steps forward our industry has made in over 30 years. H.R. 1537 will address critical needs within agriculture by providing a pathway to legal status for current undocumented employees, along with reform to the current H-2A program,” said Ian LeMay, CFFA President.

“There is no doubt the agricultural industry has waited many years for an immigration reform bill to address the labor concerns amongst the many different commodities produced here domestically so that it can continue to provide the nation and world with a safe and reliable food supply long into the future,” LeMay said.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act that was originally passed out of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress will make significant changes to address the needs of our current agricultural workforce and guestworker program. The Association will continue to engage in the bill negotiations to ensure the California fresh fruit industry’s concerns are addressed.

Source: California Ag Today