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NCFB President Pleased with Immigration Reform Legislation

Last week the bi-partisan Gang of Eight Senators introduced immigration reform into the Senate. American Farm Bureau and NC Farm Bureau have worked tirelessly on this effort, and NCFB President Larry Wooten was pleased with the legislation that was introduced:

“We are ecstatic that the Senate bill contains basically everything that the Agricultural Workforce Coalition, that the American Farm Bureau and others were major players in. It was a formal organization (the Agricultural Workforce Coalition) and we came up with an agricultural recommendation that has been put into the Senate legislation. Agriculture could not be more pleased.”

North Carolina has as big a dog as anybody in this fight, but representation from the Tar Heel state has been noticeably absent. Wooten explains why:

“We work constantly with our congressional offices, both the House and the Senate. They are well aware of our position on where we are on what we need on comprehensive immigration reform that will work for the nation. But until the elected officials can see things moving they will not commit themselves too early and take the political heat.”

And Wooten feels that this is the year to get this situation resolved:

“This is the year. If it’s not done now, then it gets caught up in the mid term elections of 2014. Both incumbent and new candidates are reluctant to get involved in an election year. So this needs to be done now.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.