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Federal agricultural-related regulation too often results in more time, more paperwork, more money, more ambiguity, more headaches and more stress for those working to get food on our tables without any real benefits for workers, consumers, taxpayers or the environment. Regulations should be carefully thought through and reviewed, with consideration of the farm families charged with integrating these policies into their operations. If the benefits do not considerably outweigh the costs, the regulation is outdated or just too heavy-handed, it should be scrapped.

Fellow Idahoans have shared their concerns about yet another regulation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) changes to the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR), that would add additional cost and administrative burdens for producers currently struggling to find workers to help grow and harvest crops. The AEWR is the minimum wage the federal government requires those employing H-2A visa agricultural guest workers to pay. The flawed methodology of this system has led to the AEWR in Idaho increasing by 40 percent since 2015.

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