Agriculture Groups Urge Action on Farm Labor

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to recognize all H-2A as well as any other non-immigrant visa petition involving an agricultural worker visa consular processing functions as essential and direct U.S. Consulates to treat all agricultural worker appointments as emergency visa services.

AWC is comprised of more than a dozen agricultural organizations, including American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Farmers Union, National Pork Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation and others.

AFBF held a press call Wednesday to discuss how coronavirus is impacting farmers and ranchers. On the call were AFBF President Zippy Duvall, Executive Vice President Dale Moore, Chief Economist John Newton, VP Public Affairs Paul Schlegel, and Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden.

AFBF on Coronavirus and agriculture (39:54)

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