The topics of international trade and immigration reform came up during the final televised presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
More than half of U.S. farm workers are undocumented immigrants, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
With fewer workers, farm owners say costs are rising and they often must leave unpicked fruit to rot in the fields.
And costs keep rising. Just recently, California said it will expand its overtime rules to include migrant farm workers starting in 2019.
The topic of immigration — and trade — led to this exchange between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Listen —-> Debate
In a 2014 study, research from the American Farm Bureau found that America will lose an estimated $60 billion in agriculture production if we increase immigration enforcement without also increasing access to a reliable migrant workforce.
Rural voters can learn more about the importance of agricultural policy and where the candidates stand on these issues at Farm Bureau’s special election blog, http://election16.fb.org/. #vote4ag