Congressmen Push to Open Up H-2A Visas      


If it holds through Congress, an amendment added to a House appropriations bill could expand the ability to bring in agricultural guest workers for employment on farms.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., got language added to the appropriations bill for Homeland Security that would allow H-2A temporary guestworkers "to be accessed year-round for Fiscal Year 2022, opening the program to producers in all sectors of agriculture, including dairy, greenhouses, and other agricultural operations with year-round labor needs," according to a news release from Newhouse. 


China is buying up American farms. Washington wants to crack down.

The push to drain China’s influence from the U.S. economy has reached America’s farm country, as congressional lawmakers from both parties are looking at measures to crack down on foreign purchases of prime agricultural real estate.
House lawmakers recently advanced legislation to that effect, warning that China’s presence in the American food system poses a national security risk. And key Senate lawmakers have already shown interest in efforts to keep American farms in American hands.



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

USDA Reminds Stakeholders to Submit PPA-7721 Suggestions by July 23, 2021 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 07/19/2021 11:01 AM EDT The open period to submit suggestions for fiscal year (FY) 2022 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 (PPA 7721) Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) funding closes on July 23, 2021, at midnight Hawaii Standard Time.





USDA warns of fraudulent emails misusing PACA name

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), warns member of the produce industry to beware of a fraudulent “phishing” scam where criminals have been sending fraudulent email messages using the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Division (PACA) name.
The scam asks recipients of the fraudulent email to click on a link or open a file that may release a virus onto your computer.



Federal judge declares DACA program illegal, but halts only new applications

A federal judge in Texas on Friday declared illegal the federal program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to avoid deportation and remain in the country. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, said the Obama administration failed to follow federal administrative rules in launching the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. But he put the effect of most of his ruling on hold while the case is appealed.