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President Obama's executive actions on immigration may alleviate some pressure in the short-term for some agricultural workers, but long-term assurance is needed for employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner said Thursday.
the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's biggest farmer organization, said it does not expect the president's plan to help U.S. farmers deal with the labor shortage. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This order will not change that.
On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.
Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”