GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 25, 2017) — The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative, which represents about 800 dairy farmers throughout the Midwest, issued the following statement in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s advancement of the Agricultural Guestworker (AG) Act (H.R. 4092) earlier today. It is unclear when the bill may be considered by the full House:
“The deepening dairy farm worker shortage is a very real problem – one that poses a major threat to our farms, the host of businesses connected to dairy and a vital part of food production in America.
“Moving this bill forward, although it’s still a work in progress, provides the best opportunity in years for finding a comprehensive solution that includes access to the dependable year-round labor force that dairy farmers need.
“We commend Chairman Goodlatte for his leadership in introducing the bill and the committee members who thoughtfully considered it.
“DBMMC looks forward to remaining engaged in this process and will continue to provide lawmakers with input as the AG Act moves forward.”
The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative, based in Wisconsin, provides milk testing verification services, market information and representation on dairy-related federal policies for its members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. DBMMC is owned by more than 800 dairy farmers of all sizes who ship their milk to privately owned dairy plants and is among the fastest-growing in the country in terms of milk totals. For more information, visit www.dbmmc.com.