WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 - The head of the American Farm
Bureau Federation says agricultural producers across the country need to “wave
a flag” to alert government officials to a possible crisis caused by delays in
processing visas for foreign workers who tend and harvest America's food crops.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall was joined by farmers and state
agricultural officials from California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Michigan
today in a bid to call attention to the problem with the H-2A visa program,
which they say could result in abandoned crops, higher consumer prices for
fruit and vegetables as well as economic harm to rural communities.
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“These crops are not going to wait,” Duvall told reporters during a
briefing at AFBF headquarters in Washington. “They are going to continue to
mature and rot in the field if we don't do something.”Read more.
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