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2012 Farm Bill Passes in the Senate

U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill Debate Now Moves to the House This afternoon (Thursday, June 21), the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (FARM BILL) by a vote of 64 Yes – 35 No. Over the past three days, Senators voted on more than 70 amendments, pared down from nearly 300 that were originally submitted. The bill addresses many priorities critical to fruit and vegetable producers, including programs supporting agricultural crop research, market promotion, block grant support and nutrition.  The Senate Bill continues the support of specialty crops that was established in the 2008
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GDOL Releases Results of Prevailing Practices Survey

Georgia Department of Labor Releases Results of Prevailing Practices for Hiring Farm Workers GFVGA Applauds Survey Results The Georgia Department of Labor recently released the findings from its Prevailing Practice for Farm Workers and Laborers Survey.  The survey was intended to provide information regarding the hiring practices of fruit and vegetable farmers who employ seasonal workers. Measuring responses on a scale noted ‘not normal’, ‘normal’, and ‘prevailing’, the survey addressed all aspects of hiring and labor practices from pre-employment farm experience, to payment periods and providing housing for farm workers.  GDOL surveyed over 1500 employers and gathered valid responses from
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GFVGA President Dick Minor Interviews with NPR about Immigration Laws

NPR Interviews GFVGA President Dick Minor about Consequences of State Immigration Laws GFVGA President Dick Minor interviewed with National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation program Monday, April 30 about the intended and unintended effects of state immigration laws. Interviewer Neal Conan began the program asking Minor about what had been happening in the agriculture industry since Georgia’s immigration law took effect in July 2011. Minor noted that the effects of that legislation began as early mid-April 2011 when Georgia’s session came to a close.  “There was quite a bit of stir about it on the media,” he said. “It
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Senate Ag Committee Releases Legislative Language for 2012 Farm Bill

On Friday, April 20, the Senate Agriculture Committee released legislative language for the 2012 Farm Bill.  After an initial review of the language, much of the GFVGA supported Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance recommendations have been included in this initial proposal. Committee review and debate will begin on Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00 AM. Listed below are some of the highlights of the Farm Bill proposal that affect our growers; however, there are several key elements yet to be reviewed and analyzed by the Alliance. We will keep you informed as more information is available to be shared. ACTION ITEM
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Commissioner Gary Black Testifies at H2A Regional Perspectives Hearing

Click here to READ Commissioner Gary Black's full testimony at the hearing. At 10:00am on Thursday, February 9, 2012, the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a hearing on "Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs." The hearing focused on proposals to reform the H2A program including Congressman Kingston's H2A reform bill, H.R. 3443, the Better Agriculture Resources Now (BARN) Act. Among the agriculture industry representatives giving testimony to the necessity of a new bill was Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. The commissioner opened briefly, thanking the committee for their time and attention. After which, Black wasted no time in
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H2A Hearing Webcast Announced

H2A Hearing Webcast Announced At 10:00am on Thursday, February 9, 2012, the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement will hold a hearing on "Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs." The hearing will focus on proposals to reform the H2A program including Congressman Kingston's H2A reform bill, H.R. 3443, the Better Agriculture Resources Now (BARN) Act. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will present testimony at the hearing regarding immigration issues in Georgia. He will also submit information on the report he presented to the Governor and the Georgia legislature in January. Congressman Kingston fought hard to get this hearing and shine a
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