WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local leaders on a press call today discussed the effects of the government shutdown and urged Congress and the president to forge a compromise and end it.
Click here for a recording of today’s press call.
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A dozen dairies were represented at the Dairy Directions series in Mid-December. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultual Economist Robert Tigner presented information on risk management tools available to dairymen including the new Dairy Revenue Protection program. Special Investigator Brett Stanley from the Department of Homeland Security presented on issues concerning Form I-9 records and special issues with foreign born employees. Iowa State University FinPak consultant Mark Olsen discussed record keeping and the benefits of accrual verses cash accounting systems.
Continue reading “Recent Programs Identify How Producers Are Dealing With Labor and Risk Issues”
As dairy operations increase animal numbers, they have also increased dependence on a larger labor pool. That labor pool has become less dominated by family members, and more dependent on foreign born labor (FBL) There undoubtedly would be benefits, however, there is significant risk for the dairy industry in any immigration legislation.
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The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Sac County and Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included, and the program will adjourn at 1:45 p.m.
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The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office in Orange City.
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Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer- dairy, swine, beef or poultry- and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation. Everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, just ask any national, state or local politician. But each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.
Continue reading “Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference Set For April 17”
National Editor Tom Karst of The Packer noted one Center for Migration Study that undocumented workers are leaving the country. The recent study indicates a sharp decline in the U.S. undocumented population over a six-year period.
Continue reading “Some Immigrant Labor May Be Leaving USA According To One Study”
Laurie Fischer, CEO of American Dairy Coalition spoke to WIDA members at their annual meeting last night, highlighting what she is working on in immigration legislation in Washington as a lobbyist on behalf of dairymen.
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NW Iowa dairyman Galen Fick was part of an IPTV interview on milk subsidies. Listen here: