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American Farm Bureau Backs Immigration Bill

The nation's largest farm organization says up to $9 billion in annual ag production is at risk if Congress fails to pass a bill that affords farms a legal workforce.

The American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors voted Wednesday to throw its support behind the bipartisan immigration reform proposal on the Senate floor.

"Farmers need a comprehensive immigration reform bill approved this Congress," says AFBF President Bob Stallman. "We have been pushing for a solution for years and we simply cannot wait any longer for Congress to address this issue."

AFBF has made immigration reform that includes a viable guest worker program a priority issue for Congress. The group's economists estimate up to $9 billion a year in agricultural production is at risk if Congress fails to pass measures allowing agriculture with an adequate legal workforce.

"The Senate bill provides immediate relief to farmers in assuring a stable workforce," Stallman says.

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