Ag Labor Solutions Pt 3

Ag Labor Solutions Pt 3

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. A new administration means new challenges in Congress, including those pushing for badly needed ag labor reforms.

At the Potato Expo, AmericanHort’s Craig Regelbrugge talked about getting things done this session and spoke highly of Washington’s 4th District Republican Dan Newhouse calling him a symbolic leader on ag matters …

REGELBRUGGE … “Back in 1986, when Congress was debating this issue and they didn’t solve our problem completely, but we were in the mix, that district, that same Congressional district was in the hands of Sid Morrison and Sid Morrison was agriculture’s champion. So, we’ve come full circle. We’ve got Dan Newhouse. He works well across the aisle. He knows this stuff inside and out.”

And, Regelbrugges says the Dems need to play nice …

REGELBRUGGE … “The Democrats have a rural problem. They have a rural and working-class voter problem. And, they need to be building bridges to rural American not further divides.”

Regelbrugge says there were labor reforms for ag under the Trump Administration, but …

REGELBRUGGE … “It is notable that much of what Trump has ultimately done was done through Executive Actions, Executive Orders, Proclamations, etc, and so can be undone accordingly.”

Bottom line, Regelbrugge says …

REGELBRUGGE … “I do believe that our best hope would be that we can move discretely though the House, that we can move, basically, fighting our own battle on our own identity like we did last year at the end of 2019, and then the question becomes what sorts of coalitions can pull together in the Senate.”

Here’s for pulling together in 2021.

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