Natalia Derevianko wasn’t always an American farmer. The Ukrainian native came to the U.S. when she was only 12 years old and had to learn the culture and language from scratch. She’s a friend whom I met in Chicago about 12 years ago when we both lived there in our 20s. Both big-city girls with […]
What the current immigration policy means for agriculture is being hotly debated around not only the country, but the world.
The California Farm Bureau Federation said it hopes last week’s failure of an immigration measure in the U.S. House of Representatives will ultimately set the stage for Congress to resolve longstanding inadequacies in agricultural immigration programs that have contributed to chronic employee shortages on farms and ranches. “Congress must move forward to forge a solution […]
The Texas Farm Bureau has sent a cease and desist letter to a group opposed to the border wall after they used a former President’s quote and photo out of context on their website. The website, Defend Texas, displayed a photograph of ex-Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke, along with a quote stating “[i]t was […]
The Michigan Farm Bureau is hoping a survey they are conducting will help address the reasons why a labor shortage continues to plague farms across the state. “Farmers often note availability as their number one labor concern, which is problematic for all farmers, but particularly for Michigan’s specialty crop sector which has peak seasonal labor […]
While there’s no shortage of critics, there is an undeniable shortage of native-born Americans willing to do manual labor, particularly farmwork.
The American dream. Many of us who were born and raised here take these words for granted. But for the patriarch of one family, the American path was the one he chose.