Immigration reform is good for agriculture… that’s the word from the USDA today. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a report that shows right now over 50 percent of the workforce in the nation’s farms aren’t in the U.S. legally. But, he said immigration arrests and other pressures are causing the number of workers to decrease.
“One that was conducted in Texas in 2008 indicated that 77 percent of the respondents to the survey indicated that there was a lack of available workers which led them to contract the size and scope of their business,” said Vilsack.
With the immigration reform package passed by the Senate, Vilsack says there will be more farm labor available and give the workers a path to citizenship.
Iowa Radio Network