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A reprieve on Idaho’s agricultural labor shortage may be on the horizon with a recent bipartisan congressional bill that would give undocumented farmworkers a path to legal status and expand the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was introduced Oct. 30 by U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, Zoe Lofgren, D-California, Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, and others, with bipartisan support from 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The legislation aims to provide “a compromise solution for American agriculture.”

Idaho Ag-organizations

The Idaho agriculture organizations that have signed on support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. 

Rachel Spacek is the Latino Affairs and Canyon County reporter for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at Follow her on twitter @RachelSpacek.

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