In an announcement made Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R.-VA., released plans to reintroduce a guestworker program bill that will help dairy operations and agricultural-related businesses find year-round workers. The bill is a rework of a previous piece of legislation proposed in 2013.
This guestworker program, entitled the “Agricultural Guestworker Act” (AG Act), is designed to be a “more efficient and flexible guestworker program — known as H-2C — that is designed to meet the needs of the diverse agriculture industry.”
Unlike previous guestworker programs, such as the H-2A, this program will be run by the USDA rather than the Departments of Homeland Security or Labor, with a goal to ensure the H-2C is more in tune to the various industries in need of both year-round and seasonal workers.
The American Dairy Coalition will continue to work closely with Chairman Goodlatte and his staff to ensure this bill best fits the needs of the various sectors of dairy, livestock and agriculture industries. This bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives soon. ADC is calling on all the dairy, livestock and agriculture industries to unite and work together with Chairman Goodlatte to move this bill all the way to President Trump’s desk for signature.
Three New Videos Promote U.S. Dairy Exports to Global Customers By Kara McDonald February 21, 2018 Share these videos on social media and embed them on your website. Partnerships. Supply Security. Growth. These are the themes of three new videos promoting U.S. dairy exports to our business customers throughout the world. The videos were released on ThinkUSAdairy.org, the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s website for global customers. USDEC members and others in the U.S. dairy industry are encouraged to share the videos with customers on social media and embed them on
Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up The Organic Produce Network in partnership with Nielson released 2017 figures on sales of fresh organic produce sold in grocery stores. The figures are impressive. Overall, organic fresh vegetable sales led the produce sector with $2.4 billion in sales, up 6 percent by volume and 4 percent by value from 2016. Organic fresh fruit with sales of $1.6 billion showed stronger growth, with volume and dollar sales up 12.6 percent compared to 2016…….. READ MORE…….. Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up
Electronic trading brings anonymity. Understand how CME dairy spot markets function Posted on February 11, 2018 By Sherry Bunting, Reprinted from Farmshine, February 9, 2018 CHICAGO, Ill. — The CME dairy spot markets have been evolving since arriving in Chicago after a tumultuous past on the Green Bay Cheese Exchange, writes Ronald K. O’Brien, II, a dairy market risk specialist and geostrategist. He is director of global derivatives for Interfood, multidimensional global dairy risk managers using physical and financial global dairy markets to offset internal sales and inventory risk. Recently, Farmshine