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NCFB Releases Study Results on Lack of Immigration Reform

NCFB Releases Study Results on Lack of Immigration Reform

North Carolina Farm Bureau released results of a study on the impacts on agriculture and the food economy without meaningful immigration reform.  President of NCFB, Larry Wooten:

“Last year we commissioned a study called the ‘Agricultural Workforce Study’ and it showed the impact of the failure to enact immigration reform on farmers. Of the farmers we interviewed, 18% said without immigrant labor and a stable labor supply they would not be in the farming business.

This year, with the help of the American Farm Bureau, we want to carry that one step further and see what the impact is of the failure to enact immigration reform or enact the wrong type on our consumers across the country.

If Congress were to pass only an enforcement immigration policy, only border control and nothing else, it could cause food prices to rise in the US by 5-6%. We also found that if our agricultural producers in this nation were unable to use the undocumented workers that are already here, the study showed that it could be a cost of $30-60 billion annually in agricultural output.

An interesting and scary note is the 5-6% rise is just tied to immigration and not the drought or any other instigator of rising food prices. It is strictly related to if Congress would just enact a border patrol and no other programs.  That alone is worth the effort for comprehensive immigration reform. There are so many varied interests in this debate, that any pieces alone will not be enough. A lot of different stakeholders are needed to make this happen.

I don’t see immigration reform making any progress in 2014. Right now there is nothing new to talk about. We have many different interests in this issue and all of those pieces have to be in the discussion. We need Congressional leadership to go ahead and act. This issue is not going away and it’s going to be more troublesome as it goes on. And its negative effects on communities.

Our current president has said that he hopes to have this issue fixed before he leaves his term. I just don’t have any faith they will get it done.

I think it’s a serious issue for our nation and we have to keep pressing forward and get Congress to help us. It has to be fixed at the federal level.

I hope that it doesn’t take an increase in food prices because of this issue or any other traumatic incident. Over 70% of North Carolinians realize that this is a very serious issue and believe it needs to be fixed.”

 

 

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rgarrison@curtismedia.com'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.