Thursday, June 27, 2013

Idaho Milk Industry Cheers Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Bill, Scolds Crapo and Risch For 'No' Votes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Idaho's dairy industry employs more than 22,730 individuals and allied industries employ an additional 13,470 workers. Pumping more than 12.7 billion pounds of milk each year from approximately half a million Idaho dairy cows, the Gem State is the second-largest milk producing state in the western United States and ranks third in the nation.

So, it was of particular note late Thursday when the Milk Producers of Idaho announced that it was pleased with the U.S. Senate passage of sweeping immigration reform, in the form of Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.

"Idaho agriculture in general and the Idaho dairy industry in particular have been struggling to find workers in the domestic market who are willing to perform the work needed to provide an abundant and safe food supply for our country," said Brent Olmstead, MPI director. "This legislation, should it become law, will greatly assist the largest industry in Idaho with the ability to grow and increase productivity."

The MPI said it was "disappointed" that Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch "chose to not join in the bipartisan effort to fix the current immigration system. We have been and will continue to work with the Idaho delegation in the House to keep the current momentum on immigration reform going."

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