The American Dairy Coalition and its nationwide members applaud the passage of the Cellar-Newhouse Amendment, which will allow the year-round employees of the dairy industry to utilize the H-2A visa program.
Previously, the H-2A was not available for the dairy sector’s year-round labor needs. Without a tool to provide our nation’s dairy farmers with a reliable workforce, farms struggle to grow or sustain their businesses with confidence. This amendment will provide a tool to answer the pivotal question, “Who will milk the cows?”
The dairy industry has a total economic impact of $620 billion dollars and supports more than 3 million jobs. All of this depends on workers to milk and care for the cows on a daily basis. The addition of dairy to the H-2A program, through the passage of the Cellar-Newhouse Amendment, will be a critical step toward ensuring this happens.