Dear Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell:
The Agriculture Workforce Coalition urges the Senate to pass an agriculture labor reform bill this Congress that provides the solution American agriculture needs. The farm labor crisis is hindering production and contributing to food price inflation. We must address this workforce crisis threatening farms across the United States so our producers can continue to feed, clothe, and fuel our nation.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) are working on legislation to provide stability for our existing workers and make key reforms to the H-2A program, the visa program farmers use to hire legal workers to supplement their U.S. workforce. The House has passed legislation already and it is time now for the Senate to act before the end of the year. The House bill is not perfect and needs improvements. The Senators are working to address many of those concerns and provide stability to farmers across the country. Without immediate action by the Senate, the federal government’s outdated policies and broken immigration system are forcing many farmers to consider whether they can continue in labor-intensive agriculture.
The country cannot afford for the Senate to miss this opportunity to provide stability to both farmers and farmworkers. We implore the Senate to pass legislation in a bipartisan manner to address our agricultural workforce challenges and ease inflationary pressure on food costs for all Americans.
AWC Steering Committee
American Farm Bureau Federation
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
International Fresh Produce Association
National Council of Agricultural Employers
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Farmers Union
National Milk Producers Federation
National Pork Producers Council
National Potato Council
U.S. Apple Association
Agribusiness Association of Iowa
Agri-Placement Services, Inc.
Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association
Allen Lund Company LLC
Alliance Hospital Group
Alsum Farms & Produce, Inc
Amalgamated Sugar Company
American Mushroom Institute
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
Applewood Fresh Growers, LLC
Arizona Dairy Producers Trade Association
Arizona Nursery Association
Associated Milk Producers Inc.
B Catalani Inc
Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc.
Basciani Foods, Inc.
Bay Cities Produce, Inc.
Biosafe Systems LLC
Bittner Singer Orchards
Bobalu Berry Farms, LLC
Braga Fresh Family Farms
Brodasi Organic Farms, Inc
Brooks Topicals, LLC
Bushel Boy Farms
Calavo Growers, Inc.
California Apple Commission
California Avocado Commission
California Blueberry Association
California Blueberry Commission
California Canning Peach Association
California Citrus Mutual
California Dairies, Inc.
California Farm Bureau
California Fig Advisory Board
California Fresh Fruit Association
California Olive Oil Council
California Prune Board
California Strawberry Commission
California Wild Rice Advisory Board
Capital City Fruit, Co.
Center for Dairy Excellence
Central Valley Ag Cooperative
Central West Produce
Christopher Ranch LLC
Clearview Nursery Inc.
Co-Alliance Cooperative, Inc.
Coast to Coast Produce LLC
Coconut King Inc.
Colorado Dairy Farmers
Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Colorado Nursery and Landscape Association
Colorado Potato Legislative Association
Cooperative Milk Producers Association
Crispy Green Inc.
Crist Bros. Orchards, Inc.
Crunch Pak LLC
Crunch Pak Sliced Apples
D.R. Walcher Farms
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Dairy Producers of New Mexico
Dairy Producers of Utah
Danaco Solutions, LLC
DiMare Homestead and Ruskin, Inc
DiMare Ruskin Inc.
Domex Superfresh Growers
Dosner Organic Farms
Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.
Duncan Family Farms
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery
Empire State Potato Growers
Farm Credit Council
Farm Credit East
Farm Credit Services of America
FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative
Field Fresh Foods
First District Association
Fish Creek Orchards
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
Florida Tomato Exchange
Food Producers of Idaho
Foremost Farms USA
Four Seasons Produce
Fresh Avenue Partners
Fresh Innovations LLC
Frieda’s Branded Produce
Frontier Farm Credit
Georgia Farm Bureau
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Georgia Green Industry Association
Girardin’s Gardens, LLC
Giumarra Vineyards Corporation
Green Thumb Farms
GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
Harbinger Group LLC
Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.
Holthouse Farms/Doug Walcher Farms
Horizon Farm Credit
I Love Produce, LLC.
Idaho Alfalfa and Clover Seed Growers Association
Idaho Apple Commission
Idaho Cherry Commission
Idaho Dairymen’s Association
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
Idaho Grain Producers Association
Idaho Grower Shippers Assn.
Idaho Hay and Forage Association
Idaho Honey Industry Association
Idaho Hop Growers Association
Idaho Oilseed Commission
Idaho Onion Growers Association
Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association
IFCO Systems LLC, North America
Illinois Green Industry Association
Illinois Milk Producers Association
Illinois Specialty Growers Association
Indian Berry & Plant co.
Indiana Dairy Producers
Indiana Farm Bureau
International Dairy Foods Association
Iowa Institute for Cooperatives
Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association
Iowa State Dairy Association
Jim Pandol and Co. Inc.
John B. Martin & Sons Farms, Inc.
John Greene Logistics Co.
John Vena Inc.
Joseph Bezon & Son
Kansas Cooperative Council
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Livestock Association
Kanza Cooperative Association
Kentucky Dairy Development Council
Kling Strategic Partners LLC
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Leitz Farms LLC
Liberty Fruit Company, Inc.
Lipman Family Farms
Little Bear Produce Inc.
LIVE OAK FARMS LP
Loffredo Fresh Foods
Lone Star Milk Producers
Mack Farms, Inc
Maine Dairy Industry Association
Malheur County Onion Growers Association
Manor View Farm
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association
Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc.
Mastronardi Produce USA
MD Basciani & Sons, Inc.
Measure to Improve, LLC
Michigan Apple Committee
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
Michigan Processing Apple Growers
Michigan Processing Asparagus Growers
Michigan State Horticultural Society
Mid Kansas Cooperative
Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies
Milk Producers Council
Minnesota Milk Producers Association
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Montana Farm Bureau Federation
Monterey County Farm Bureau
Mount Adams Fruit
Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National Christmas Tree Association
National Cotton Council
National Milk Producers Federation
National Onion Association
National Peach Council
National Watermelon Association
Nature Fresh Farms USA Inc
Nebraska Cooperative Council
Nebraska State Dairy Association
New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau
New York Apple Association
New York Apple Sales, Inc.
New York Farm Bureau
New York Horticultural Society
New York State Flower Industries
New York State Maple Producers Association
New York State Nursery & Landscape Association
New York State Vegetable Growers Association
Nezperce Prairie Grass Growers Assn.
NoKota Packers, Inc.
North American Blueberry Council
North Bay Produce, Inc.
North Carolina Farm Bureau
North Carolina Potato Association
Northeast Dairy Producers Association
Northwest Ag Cooperative Council
Northwest Dairy Association/Darigold
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Northwest Horticultural Council
Ohio Dairy Producers Association
Ole Tyme Produce
Olive Growers Council of California
Olson’s Greenhouse Gardens, Inc.
Oneida-Madison Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Pacific Coast Fruit Company
Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC
Pandol Bros., Inc.
Pennsylvania Apple Program
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association
Pierson Nurseries Inc.
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
Pro Citrus Network, Inc.
Produce Alliance, LLC
Produce Pro Software
Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania
Prosperous Boyles Tree Fruit Wine Orchard & Company
Ratto Bros. Inc.
Reiter Affiliated Companies
Rice Fruit Company
Rio Farms, LLC
S. Katzman Produce
Safe Food En Route, LLC
Scioto Cooperative Milk Producers’ Association
Smith’s Farm Sales
South Dakota Dairy Producers
South East Dairy Farmers Association
South Mill Champs
Southeast Milk, Inc.
Southern Idaho Potato Cooperative, Inc.
Southern Specialties, Inc.
Specialty Crop Farm Labor Contractors, LLC
State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania
Sterman Masser Inc.
Sunmaid Growers of California
Sunrise Fresh Dried Fruit Co. of California
Sunrise Fresh LLC.
Sunsweet Growers, Inc.
TDH Nurseries, LLC
Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council
Texas Association of Dairymen
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas International Produce Association
Texas Vegetable Association
The Oppenheimer Group
The Produce Moms
The Sanson Company
The SF Market
Tillamook County Creamery Association
UC Davis Dept of Agricultural and Resource Economics
United Dairy Farmers of Florida, Inc.
United Dairymen of Arizona
United Potato Growers of America
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
US Sweet Potato Council
Utah Apple Marketing Board
Utah Farm Bureau
Utah Horticulture Society
Utah Tart Cherry Marketing Board
Valley Fig Growers
Virginia State Dairymen’s Association
Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.
Wasatch Agriculture Advising
Washington Farm Bureau
Washington State Dairy Federation
Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
Washington State Potato Commission
Washington State Tree Fruit Association
West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
Western States Dairy Producers Association
Westfalia Fruit USA
Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
World Wide Farms LLC
WP Rawl & Sons Inc.
Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association