Rick Worthington Dairy Workers
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: September 25, 2017

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The U.S. unemployment rate may currently be at record lows, but that’s not the case for the nation’s dairy producers.

Dairy Farmers need workers who are willing and able to get the job done. It's is not as easy as you might think to get those workers which is why agriculture has used foreign-born laborers.

Peter Cole with Holstein Association USA, explains immigrants are critical to the dairy industry.

While dairy producers understand and fully support efforts to stop illegal immigration, Cole says, improved regulations could benefit the dairy industry…

The number of undocumented workers in dairy isn't certain, but according to national audits the number could be as high as 70-percent.

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