Our food supply depends on immigrants


As the immigration debate drags on, finding reliable labor has become increasingly difficult for farmers in the U.S.:

“It’s very frustrating and it’s going to end up crippling the dairy industry. You know, we talk about people going out of business because of price. And prices are low, but the only thing worse than that is not having anybody to milk the cows. Waking up in the morning and you’ve got 300 head of cows like I do, and you don’t have any labor. That’s worse!”

~Randy Mooney, a third-generation dairy farmer from Missouri.

At Farm Aid, we celebrate America’s great diversity of farmers, farmworkers and all the people who are part of our food system–seed to plate. Immigrants are an essential link in this system, and are an indelible part of rural America, contributing to the economic and cultural fabric of these communities. It’s hard to picture our food system without them.

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