Year Round Labor Visas – July 18, 2019

For livestock groups, USMCA and year-round labor visas are top priorities

Immigration reform and assuring a tariff-free market for meat exports were top priorities for livestock groups that spoke at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing.

White House fleshes out immigration plan, but no mention of farm labor

Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner did not mention undocumented farm workers or visas for short-term agricultural guest workers when discussing President Trump’s proposal for a “merit-based” immigration system on Tuesday.


Longer and hotter droughts in Plains (NOAA): A new study says climate change will make drought, a common occurence in the southern Plains and the U.S. Southwest, significantly hotter and longer.

‘What’s meat?’ gets its day in court (Drovers): A lawsuit challenging Missouri’s new law limiting the use of the word “meat” on food products is going to trial.

Job growth goes to town (Daily Yonder): Less than 6 percent of the 1.5 million U.S. jobs created from May 2018 to May 2019 were in rural counties, according to Labor Department data.

Crop returns seen lower in 2020 (farmdoc daily): Crop returns on Farm Belt grain farms are projected to be much lower this year than they were in 2018 and they will remain low in 2020 due to low corn and soybean prices and the absence of Trump tariff payments.

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