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Groups Want Ag Included in Labor Bill
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Sep 20, 2012 06:32 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Industries such as farming are being left out of legislation to recruit more foreign-born workers because farm workers rely more on a strong back, complained advocates for ag labor reform Wednesday.

House members are set to vote Thursday on a bill that would expand green cards for people with higher degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, hence the "STEM Act." Farm labor obviously doesn't make that cut, but farmers who rely on harvest and processing workers say they are losing crops, which is wasting food and costing consumers more in grocery stores.

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