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It’s a labor issue not immigration

- Analysis
A strategy has developed regarding labor that has a chance of working: Our problems are about labor not immigration.

A new feel for this year’s IFPA Washington Conference

- General News
For long-time attendees of International Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference, the 2024 edition should feel new in several ways.

Farm bill update: House ag committee passes its version

- General News
The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill on May 23.

IFPA’s statement after Congressional WIC funding vote

- General News
IFPA, the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce supply chain, commends lawmakers for approving full funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including a $1 billion increase for fiscal year 2024.

Independent grocers ask Congress to oppose SNAP restrictions

- Retail
NGA, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, alongside independent community grocers nationwide, sent a letter yesterday to Congress opposing recent efforts within the FY2024 House Agriculture Appropriations bill to restrict SNAP purchases under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

IFPA calls for member action to demand wage relief

- General News
IFPA has announced support for the Supporting Farm Operations Act (HR 7046), an immediate and meaningful measure to address wage relief.

Congressional letter reflects angst over AEWR

- Analysis
A letter sent to Congress on January 11 urging a freeze on increases in the adverse effect wage rate (AEWR) reflects increased frustration among American growers with federal guestworker requirements.

House members send bipartisan letter requesting H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze

- General News
Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) was joined by 74 of his colleagues on a bipartisan letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders requesting an H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze in an upcoming spending package.

Legislators hit at Kroger-Albertsons merger

- Analysis
The latest salvo in the war over the proposed merger between retail giants Kroger and Albertson has been fired by four U.S. senators and two U.S. Representatives, who in a December 11 letter urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reject the merger.

Farm bill could be pushed back to 2025

- Analysis
The political outlook for 2024 and beyond was the subject of a Virtual Town Hall sponsored by the International Fresh Produce Association on November 29.