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The U.S. House will vote on a farm labor bill Wednesday, according to the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Proponents look for it to ensure a stable and legal agricultural workforce. Opponents say documentation standards for visas are too low.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., a sponsor of a farm labor bill says he “wholeheartedly disagrees” with those who say the bill doesn’t do enough to control rising farm labor costs.

A bill seeking to ensure a legal and sufficient agricultural workforce passed the House Judiciary Committee, 18-12, with Republicans citing shortcomings.

A bill seeking to legalize domestic farm laborers and improve the H-2A-visa foreign agricultural guestworker program received renewed support and opposition before its U.S. House Judiciary Committee debut.


Hundreds of agricultural groups and United Farm Workers of America are backing a new bipartisan bill seeking to ensure farmers with a legal, adequate and affordable workforce.