May 23, 2013
The Honorable Joyce Beatty
U.S. House of Representatives
417 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Re: Agricultural Labor and Immigration Reform
Dear Representative Beatty:
The labor shortage situation in agriculture has been a growing concern for many years and is moving toward a breaking point. Today, large segments of American agriculture face a critical lack of workers that undermines the competitiveness of our farms and ranches and threatens the abundant, safe and affordable food supply American consumers enjoy today. To ensure consistent delivery of high-quality food products, farmers and ranchers must have access to a stable, legal work force that is available when needed.
This issue is of great importance to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. American Farm Bureau Federation is a founding member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), which brings together organizations representing the diverse needs of agricultural employers across the country. The AWC, along with the United Farm Workers Union, have come together to craft a compromise agreement that provides a solution to the agriculture labor crisis. The compromise agreement is included in S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Ohio Farm Bureau, as a member of American Farm Bureau Federation, is committed to the principles of the AWC/UFW agreement on agricultural immigration reform.