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By Judy Olson
State Executive Directory USDA Farm Service Agency 

Washington agriculture needs immigration reform

Guest Commentary


It’s a rare issue that brings together Washington’s agricultural industry, immigration rights groups, business associations, faith organizations and politicians from both sides of the aisle. After years of hard work by many organizations and individuals in the state and elsewhere, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that promises to benefit Washington’s agriculture, its economy, and many people living and working here. We are so close to achieving this long-sought goal that we can’t let this opportunity fail.

Washington’s $46 billion food and agriculture industry employs approximately 160,000 people and contributes 13 percent to the state’s economy. Rur...

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