Contributed by By Stewart Truelsen for AFBF's Focus on agriculture. A common worry among farmers in California, Florida, Texas, Michigan and elsewhere is that they won’t have enough migrant labor for their fruit and vegetable harvests. Some years they are downright desperate for help. Worse yet, the future of migrant labor is uncertain because immigration law needs reform.
Fourteen farmers and ranchers from across the country, including AFBF President Zippy Duvall, met Tuesday with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a roundtable discussion on key issues facing agriculture.
The meeting, held on the day Secretary Perdue was sworn into office, included a discussion among the farmers, President Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue on pressing issues for American agriculture, such as trade, labor, regulatory reform and rural infrastructure.
In 2016, Vermont Breakfast on the Farm was held at Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh and Green Mountain Dairy Farm in Sheldon. Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed a free breakfast and a first-hand look at a modern dairy farm to better understand how Vermont’s agricultural community works together to produce safe and wholesome food. Vermont Farm Bureau helped to sponsor Breakfast on the Farm which was coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture with help from volunteers and local businesses.
“Be a Good Neighbor and always be aware of what visitors are doing on your farm,” stressed Beth Kennett of Liberty Hill Farm and Inn of Rochester Vermont. Kennett was part of a panel of five farmers that are involved in agritourism at Vermont Farm Bureau’s Agritourism Workshop on March 29.