Sweet potato leader says: Agriculture needs Congress to resolve labor issues

From: Delta Fram Press

“All we’re asking for is for them to give us a viable guest worker program so agriculture can have a stable, adequate, and predictable supply of labor,” says Key Rentzel, executive director of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council.

Labor issues remain a challenge for U.S. agriculture, and particularly for sectors that are labor-intensive such as fruits and vegetables, says Kay Rentzel.

“We know the labor regulation system is broken; Congress knows it’s broken,” she said at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s annual sweet potato commodity meeting. “This is especially critical to farmers who rely on workers to help at key times such as planting and harvest.”

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