18 June 2021
NPC: 'More certainty needed for essential workers'
THE National Potato Council (NPC) participated in an agriculture industry roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) this week in an effort to find bipartisan support for legislation that would improve upon the House-passed Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
NPC CEO Kam Quarles released the following statement after the meeting:
“This morning’s meeting with Secretary Vilsack, Senator Bennet, and Senator Crapo on agricultural labor reform was very positive. During the roundtable, the industry partners committed to working with them in supporting a bill in the Senate that will secure a bipartisan 60-vote majority. We must act immediately as the current broken system means higher costs for family farms, more uncertainty for essential farm workers, and a less secure immigration system for all Americans. The House took a strong bipartisan step toward solving that crisis and we urge the Senate to assist Senator Bennet and Senator Crapo in building on that success with their improvements this summer.”
Source: The Packer