Labor Supply Tops Concerns At USDA Outlook Forum

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

U.S. growers have a problem with labor, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack isn't shy about identifying who's responsible for fixing it.

During a Feb. 23 keynote speech at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Vilsack called on Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform, lest America face a future where crops rot in the fields because growers lack workers.

"All of America, but especially farm country, needs comprehensive immigration reform, and we need it now," Vilsack said Feb. 23. "With the risk of rotting crops, there is no excuse for the effort by some who want to demonize immigrant labor or prevent meaningful reform of a system that everyone in the Congress and the country admits is not functioning."

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