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A Solution to the Food Processing Industry’s Labor Shortage

The Problem

On April 28, 2020, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which classified the meatpacking and food processing plant industry (Processing Plants) as part of the nation’s “essential workers” category of the workforce.

All of these factors work against Processing Plants who find it difficult to obtain legal labor to keep up with the demand they’re currently facing. A truly effective legal avenue does not exist at this time. How can we hold these Processing Plants accountable for providing the nation’s food supply if we do not also provide an option for them to obtain legal labor

The Solution

Request for Temporary Relief

Request for Long-Term Relief

  • Create an Agriculture Visa (A Visa) to supplement labor shortages throughout the food supply chain that are historically filled by illegal laborers or are simply left unfilled.
  • Allow farmers and ranchers to seek foreign labor if they are unable to hire qualified, legal individuals in the United States for year-round employment.
  • Examples of difficult positions to fill in the agricultural industry:
    • Meatpacking workforce
    • Animal caretakers/herspersons
    • Barn technicians/maintenance
    • Veterinarians
    • Biosecurity technicians
    • Truck drivers/animal haulers
    • Farm management
    • Dairy milkers
    • Poultry flock management

Food demand is not seasonal. The labor relief we offer to these employers should not be seasonal either.

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