The American Dairy Coalition applauds the tenacity and commitment of Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) on authoring new Guest Worker Reform Legislation, which will ensure a reliable labor force for year-round employees.
This bill is supported by chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), and he is expected to be included as a co-signer. More than 50 bi-partisan members of Congress have shown early support. ADC is working closely with Rep Yoho and his chief of staff. Legislative language will be released soon.
After its release, the ADC Board of Directors will take a formal position. Additional information will be provided to you as it becomes available. ADC is very excited to be working on a bipartisan bill and has provided bullet points below to help familiarize you with its contents.
What do you need to know?
This bill will establish a new guest worker program overseen by the USDA, rather than the Department of Labor — a department better suited to understand the unique labor needs of the dairy and agriculture industries.
- The bill will create a 5-year guest worker program exclusive to agriculture — any worker caught working outside of dairy or agriculture would face expulsion from the program.
- The bill will allow farmers to access a prescreened pool of labor from which to recruit.
- Participants are able to apply to renew their visa 4 ½ years into the 5 year program — no touchback required.
- Participants will be issued an ID that will allow them the option to receive a guest worker driver’s license so they can legally be covered by insurance.
The American Dairy Coalition commends the bipartisan efforts of all the Congressional Members supporting this bill — especially Congressman Ted Yoho for understanding the dire need of dairy producers who need a labor solution to care for their cows.
We will continue to provide you additional information on this bill as it becomes available as well as how you can get involved to support this important legislation through Congress.