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New York Farm Bureau Statement on USDA Secretary Vilsack's Visit to NYS


Today’s forum focused on the need for farm labor reform to fix a broken immigration system in this country. Secretary Vilsack was joined by U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and NYFB President David Fisher.

The following may be attributed to NYFB President David Fisher:

“New York Farm Bureau welcomes USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to New York State to learn more about the state’s diverse agriculture and the labor needs confronting our farms. The shortage of agricultural workers limits our farms’ ability to plant and harvest crops, and care for our animals, which ultimately impacts far more than our farms, but also our state and country’s overall food security.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would help improve the labor situation in our state. Revisions to the federal guest worker program would address seasonal jobs and expand to include year-round needs which is currently lacking in the H-2A program. In addition, it would also support the current workforce by providing for an adjustment of status. This would take a significant step to ensure that New York agriculture is positioned to have a sustainable and reliable workforce that will benefit our local food supply and rural economy, and we encourage the U.S. Senate to take up and pass this legislation.”

Click here to read President Fisher’s full comments.


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 is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community.