Since Pennsylvania's founding in 1682 the agricultural industry has helped to drive our economy. Even today, Pennsylvania is one of our country's leaders in agricultural production, and the current debate in our nation's capital over immigration reform will play a critical role in whether Pennsylvania remains a leader in this industry.
Our immigration system is a broken relic of the past. We need a workable solution to the barriers that make it difficult for Pennsylvania's farmers to secure a reliable, dependable and consistent workforce. The agricultural industry needs real, meaningful immigration reform that will encapsulate the many shortcomings of our current policy -- mainly addressing the antiquated visa system, the temporary worker program and, of course, enforcement of the law. The current system too often tragically turns away the very kind of workers who could have an immediate impact on Pennsylvania's agricultural industry, which struggles to find a workforce needed to harvest our food supply.
For more than 100 years, PennAg Industries Association has been the leading advocate for the hard-working men and women of Pennsylvania's agricultural industry. And while the industry has changed greatly over the past 100 years, our mission has remained fairly unchanged, and it is for that reason I respectfully urge Pennsylvania's congressional delegation to take the time necessary to come up with a comprehensive, enforceable immigration solution that will work for our country and our commonwealth's farms.
Executive Vice President
PennAg Industries Association