Published: December 27, 2022 | Updated: December 21, 2022

Idaho agriculture supports ag labor reform

TWIN FALLS — The ongoing farm workforce crisis is hindering agricultural production and contributing to food price inflation. We must address this now, so our producers can continue to grow, feed, clothe, and fuel our nation.

The Affordable and Secure Food Act is a step in the right direction for Idaho agriculture and for Idaho consumers, so we are asking the U.S. Senate to include the language in the year-end spending bill.

"As consumers across Idaho and the nation worry about the rising cost of food, Idaho farmers and producers know the worst is yet to come. The time to help prevent significant labor cost increases for those who put food on our tables by reforming our agriculture immigration system is now. The pieces are in place and the U.S. Senate must act," said Congressman Mike Simpson.

Food Producers of Idaho, Idaho Dairymen's Association, Idaho Cattle Association, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association, Amalgamated Sugar Company, Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho Wool Growers Association, Idaho Hop Growers Association, Idaho Water Users Association, Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association, and Idaho Bankers Association join Congressman Simpson in calling on the U.S. Senate for inclusion of the Affordable and Secure Food Act in the year-end spending bill.

Its passage will provide both agriculture and consumers much needed relief from the inflationary effects of our broken immigration system.