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March 5, 2013

NCC President Brown outlines principles of food manufacturers immigration coalition

In testimony delivered today to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown testified on behalf of a broad food manufacturers coalition, including, about the need for a stable and permanent workforce that can help sustain the rural communities where meat and poultry facilities operate. Today’s hearing, "From H-2A to a Workable Agricultural Guestworker Program," is the second in a series of several hearings on immigration issues in the subcommittee.  In addition to NCC President Mike Brown, also testifying is: Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation; Chalmers Carr, President and CEO, Titan Farms; and Giev Kashkooli, Political and Legislative Director, Third Vice-President, United Farm Workers. "To date much of the discussion has focused on the need to retain highly skilled workers such as scientists and engineers, and the need for additional temporary agricultural workers," Brown said.  "These are important objectives, but they do not meet the needs of our industry sector.  We are manufacturers, wanting a stable and permanent workforce that can help sustain the rural communities where we do business." Read More

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