New York Farm Bureau Statement on Gov. Hochul's Work Visa Request
The following may be attributed to New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher:
"New York Farm Bureau has long been calling for immigration reform to address serious labor issues that place our food system in jeopardy. A lack of a strong border policy has led us to today. We support Gov. Hochul’s request to the federal government to expedite work visas for migrants who have been properly processed and who want to work on farms in New York State. There are good opportunities to be a part of our valuable food system, and we will continue to work with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets along with Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program to find a pathway forward. However, this action would just be a temporary band aid for a greater problem that must be solved in Washington, D.C."
New York Farm Bureau is the State’s largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization. Its members and the public know the organization as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.” New York Farm Bureau’s mission is “Supporting today’s agricultural needs and creating member opportunities for tomorrow through advocacy and education.”