Washington’s Agricultural Industry

Washington’s agricultural industry contributes nearly $10 billion a year to our economy. Employment in the ag industry has grown 32 percent in the past 10 years presenting significant challenges and opportunities. Expanding production in Franklin County and our region will require even more workers; especially in less mechanized harvests of tree fruit, blueberries and wine grapes. Our world class agricultural production relies heavily on a skilled workforce. Securing our national borders to protect us from those who would attack our country is essential. However we must also end the costly, burdensome governmental obstacles in order to ensure foreign workers have an efficient, verifiable, legal path to come here and work. Our present work visa systems are broken. Our growers – who contribute so much to our regional economy – deserve better.

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