Arkansas Agriculture - Summer 2013
Reforming our broken immigration system; Maintaining the hidden workforce essential to food production; Teacher leads Ag in the Classrom efforts; Singing the Blueway blues; Norfork FFA builds chicken tractors.
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F E A T U R E S Ag immigration reform by Gregg Patterson 4 C O L U M N S Farm Bureau Perspective by Randy Veach Faces of Agriculture — Lori Rooney by Ken Moore Policy Update by Michelle Kitchens Spotlight on Youth — Norfork FFA builds chicken tractors by Ken Moore Rural Reﬂections Photo On the cover — Immigration reform is a major national issue Congress is debating now. American agriculture — one of this country’s and the world’s greatest strengths — depends on immigrant labor for its sustainable success. Whether you realize it or not, the affordable food on your table is directly tied to immigrant labor. It’s time for efﬁcient ag immigration reform to keep American farming and ranching strong. Photo credit: Keith Sutton 3 18 22 26 28 Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory is an official publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Arkansas Agriculture is distributed to almost 42,000 farming and ranching households in Arkansas. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Included in membership dues. Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Ewell Welch Little Rock Directors: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Tom Jones, Pottsville Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View Ex Officio Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Arkansas Agriculture is published quarterly by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, 10720 Kanis Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Arkansas Agriculture, P.O. Box 31, Little Rock, AR 72203. Issue #30. Publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org Arkansas Agriculture Perspective by Randy Veach, President Arkansas Farm Bureau Farm Bureau T and ranches. welcomed it. Reforming our broken immigration system There are so many confusing, frustrating and sometimes emotional issues surrounding our nation’s immigration system. We’re a nation of immigrants, of course, but the challenges of today’s world make our present system almost obsolete. Just about everyone agrees the system is broken. Immigration reform is critical for agriculture, as you most certainly know. It’s imperative the guest-worker program be reformed. The challenge of getting legal workers on our farms today has become so daunting it’s strangling many of our farms This is a sticky wicket, of course. Where to start? Deal with the illegals here now? Secure the border? Define a path to legal citizenship? Pass laws making it easier to gain access to workers legally? The answer is a comprehensive bill addressing all these issues. The U.S. Senate passed S. 744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” back in June. Farmers and ranchers Passage of the Senate bill was the first step toward securing a comprehensive agricultural labor plan that works for all sectors of agriculture and across all regions of our nation. The Senate-passed bill would help ensure an adequate supply of farm labor. It also could provide increased surveillance of high-risk areas along our borders. We need the House of Representatives to bring its proposal to the table. If, and when, the House passes something, the real debate can begin as they try to reach common ground on those two pieces of legislation. Let me be clear. Our first priority should be to enforce the laws we have on the books now. If we’re able to pass new immigration laws, but don’t enforce them any better than the ones we now have, we’ll have done nothing. Border security will occupy much of the discussion on this issue, and rightfully so. It must be an enforcement priority and a critical part of any immigration reform. But know there is far more to border security than fencing. We must continue to drive home the point that one of the best ways to improve border security is to create a legal, workable way for farm workers to enter our country. With less time and resources wasted locking up lettuce harvesters, the focus can shift to where it properly belongs – keeping those with criminal intentions out of our country. Although the specific labor needs of farmers in Arkansas differ from those in Texas, Florida or Michigan, all of agriculture benefits from ag immigration reform. Helping members of Congress and the public understand farmers and ranchers depend on the workers who show up every day to tend our crops and raise livestock has been challenging at times. However, we press on because we know responsible immigration reform is imperative for the continued success of American agriculture. pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. David Brown, President • email@example.com For Advertising info contact Tom Kennedy • 1-800-561-4686 firstname.lastname@example.org Edition 30 Œ„´* Arkansas Agriculture 3 Maintaining the hidden workforce essential to food production Ag immigration reform I by Gregg Patterson Immigration reform is one of Congress’ hot-button issues. The use of seasonal immigrant workers is essential to many business sectors of the American economy, maybe more so to agriculture than any other. Congress is presently debating what an immigration reform bill will consist of. With that in mind, Arkansas Agriculture talked with Kim Matthews and Jon Carroll. Kim and husband Terris of Wynne depend on immigrant labor to farm sweet potatoes, as does Arkansas Farm Bureau Board member Jon Carroll, a row-crop farmer from Moro. Explain your operation and how you use migrant workers? Matthews: “We grow around 1,400 acres of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a very labor intensive crop during planting and harvesting. We employ 35 to 40 people year-round. However, during planting season, we need an additional 40, and during harvest an additional 110 people. That consists of about six weeks for planting and eight weeks for harvest. You can’t find that much of an additional labor force to perform such hard manual labor for that short a period of time. That is the reason we turned to the H2A labor program (immigrant workers) as a supplement during those 14 to 16 weeks during the year. We wouldn’t be able to plant and harvest our crops without them. The local workforce just won’t do it.” Carroll: “I own and farm an east Arkansas row-crop operation. We use our migrant workers in all aspects, including field prep, planting, watering, harvesting, mechanic work and any other general maintenance of the farm.” Keith Sutton Strong bond The bond between American farmers and immigrant farm workers is strong. Many farmers and ranchers depend on immigrant labor to be successful. Workers depend on the farm jobs to support their families and to improve their standing in life. Carlos Tinajero (left) works on the farm of Arkansas Farm Bureau state board member Jon Carroll (right). 4 Arkansas Agriculture Arkansas Agriculture 5 One potato, two potato, three potato, four ... Kim Matthews (inset) of Matthews Ridgeview Farms in Wynne says it’s important for people to “stop assuming and educate themselves” when it comes to immigration reform. Here, workers sort sweet potatoes on the Matthews’ farm. Kim Matthews James Groves photos 6 Arkansas Agriculture What would your operation have to do without migrant workers? Matthews: “We would have three options without migrant workers: 1. Shut our operation down; 2. Cut back to around 200 acres of sweet potatoes and have a vast amount of unhappy customers whom we’ve worked so hard to build relationships with; Or 3, take the huge risk of using illegal immigrants, which we will not do! We made the decision several years ago that we would do things the right way and build our business with honesty and integrity, so #3 is just not an option for us.” Carroll: “My operation probably wouldn’t exist without immigrant workers. Or at least the amount of acres I farm would have to decrease drastically. Dependable local labor is hard to find.” Why does agriculture need a workable guest worker program? Matthews: “Because contrary to what you hear from the media and public forums, the immigrant workers aren’t taking Americans’ jobs. They’re simply performing jobs that American workers don’t want to do and actually refuse to do. We experience this on a daily basis with local applicants.” Carroll: “Agriculture needs a workable guest worker program to be able to feed the world. The work is seasonal, and local people who would be interested and qualified are looking for year-round employment.” What do you see as the worker difficulties with the current H2A program? Matthews: “It’s very costly with all the fees, fines, regulations and extremely high wage rate. Each year, more fees are imposed, the process gets harder, and the wage rate is raised. Our government has made it difficult and costly for agriculture to survive in this current climate — at least if you’re working through the system and doing everything legally. If I’m working H2A and paying my workers $2.50 more an hour than the next farmer who is using illegals, it makes it very hard to compete with him when we’re selling our products. He has a huge cost advantage over us. This is happening all over the U.S. in every industry out there.” Carroll: “The current H2A paperwork process is expensive and time consuming. The uncertainty of getting approved and getting workers when I have to have them is stressful.” Why don’t you use American workers? Matthews: “We do use American workers. We’ll always hire an American worker if they want to work. We hire American workers almost every day, because the majority of them quit the first week because the work is too hard, or they only want to work certain days or simply that we actually expect them to work and not just show up. Our values and work ethic in this country are the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Everyone feels they’re entitled and don’t want to work for anything. I’ve had applicants actually tell me they didn’t want the job, because it would mess up their unemployment (benefits)! As long as the government continues to patronize this current and upcoming work force with free everything, and not even give them an incentive to get a job, I truly believe the U.S. will be starving to death within the next 10 years. It’s hard to explain to people that the grocery stores don’t make their food. Until this reality hits home with the majority of the population, nothing will change.” Carroll: “I don’t use American workers at this time, because no qualified, dependable or willing workers are available for farm labor, which is seasonal.” How does our society move past the polarizing view of immigration? Matthews: “Stop assuming and actually educate themselves. Truthfully, most people don’t want to move past it or know the truth, because they’ll lose their excuse for not working. It’s easy to throw stones when you’re sitting on your couch.” Carroll: “I think we need to educate the public on the importance of immigrant workers in the agriculture industry and support proper channels of legalization for immigrants.” How should organizations like Farm Bureau implement our position on immigration? Matthews: “I’m not sure. But the more you educate yourselves on all the rules and regulations of the program we’re currently using, the more you’ll be able to work to help improve it. You should talk with as many H2A program users across the U.S. as you can, so you can understand every pro and con in the program.” Carroll: “We must focus on some commonsense initiatives that begin to address the practical challenges of our immigration system. The key is to begin by working on the solutions on which we can all agree, rather than insisting on a comprehensive approach that divides us.” Is a compromise approach to the immigration issue the only successful path? Matthews: “I guess that would depend on exactly what we’re compromising on. I know you can’t compromise on the fact that people can’t live without food, and that without farmers there will be no food. The White House garden can’t supply enough food for the White House. You need to keep farmers farming or this country will collapse, no ifs, ands, or buts about it! My concern is an enforcement only approach would intensify our difficulties. That wouldn’t be helpful. We must have a workable guest worker program.” Arkansas Agriculture 7 Feed the need Most farming and livestock operations require a steady influx of immigrant labor to begin the process of getting food to your grocery store. If you eat and enjoy the benefits of the worldâ€™s most affordable food supply, then agriculture immigration reform is important to you whether you realize it or not. 8 Arkansas Agriculture Keith Sutton Carroll: “A compromise approach may not be the only successful path. However, a compromise would be better than not doing anything at all. Enforcement only isn’t the answer.” What are the three top issues surrounding immigration reform? Matthews: “Wages, prevailing vs. adverse. Will the reform actually keep workers in the agricultural sector? And for me, my concern is will these workers become Americanized and become just as non-willing to work as the current American work force we have now?” Do you think the present laws regarding immigration are working? How would you change them? Matthews: “The laws are working. The government has just made it too costly for a lot of the farmers to use it. That’s why some farmers are taking the risk of using the illegal workers.” Carroll: “There needs to be some easier process that a farmer can use to assure workers are available when needed. One suggestion would be a three-to-five year approval for proven and law-abiding workers.” What is your opinion on E-Verify? Carroll: “E-Verify has some good aspects, but it makes the farmer the police of immigrants who are illegal. That should be the government’s job.” Without a workable guest worker program, what will the results be for agriculture? Matthews: “The general population will starve to death! The farmers will grow food for their families and put the rest of their acres in non-labor intensive crops that will generate income but not necessarily be for human consumption.” Carroll: “Without a workable guest worker program in agriculture, it’ll be very difficult to sustain the production of food we all enjoy and take for granted.” Carroll: • “Securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal traffic, • Getting in place and insisting on proper channels for legalization, • A farmer friendly H2A program.” Matthews: “Why should I be the immigration police? If E-Verify becomes mandatory, then I personally think it should be enforced to the fullest in every state, so at least we’d all be on a level playing field on our input costs.” Œ„´* Tough work Immigrant farm workers are not taking jobs away that would otherwise go to American workers. 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Rooney was recognized during a special ceremony Farm Bureau established the award in 2006 to recognize teachers who have exemplary programs that integrate agricultural concepts into their curricula. Rooney graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Family and Consumer Science and is working on a graduate degree in library school faculty at South Side Bee Branch in 2011. As part of her curriculum, Rooney teaches agricultural concepts in her classes on food and nutrition, career orientation, human relations, nutrition and wellness, and child development. “It is extremely important to educate young people, especially high school students, about produce, meats, dairy and different aspects of agriculture,” Rooney said, “because it plays such a big role in our lives every day. High school students are at the prime age to make decisions about what foods to eat, their nutrition and the habits they will create as they become adults.” Rooney’s students are involved in a number of activities that teach them about agricultural economics. One of these is Van Buren County Farm Bureau’s Holiday Menu contest. As part of the contest, the students had to shop for healthy, nutritious foods incorporated into a holiday meal on a budget. Because most of Rooney’s lessons incorporate experiential learning, they’re covered in the Common Core Curriculum Standards. In the clothing segment of Family and Consumer Science, the students discuss the production of clothes, different fibers and where they come from, including natural fibers such as cotton and wool. Principal Tim Smith says Rooney has all the qualities of a “great educator.” Amy Hutto, library media specialist, says Rooney has, “spent much time and energy breathing new life into the school’s Family and Consumer Science program. A major component of that has been her passion for agriculture.” Keith Sutton media technology. She joined the high Top teach Lori Rooney, a teacher at South Side Bee Branch High School, is Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Œ* 18 Arkansas Agriculture e Ov r2 n 5I St oc k! 7L 8608 Hwy. 70, No. Little Rock, AR 72117 eft ! 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Lack of landowner support and letters from Arkansas’ U.S. Senators requesting the DOI rescind the designation were too much to overcome. Additionally, requests from the original nominators to rescind the Blueway designation resulted in it being officially withdrawn by the DOI on July 3. The federal agency then decided to mothball the program, nationwide, on While the process surrounding the National Blueway designation of the White River didn’t inspire confidence, it’s a worthwhile topic to explore. Landowners didn’t embrace the idea for many reasons: lack of initial input, apprehension of federal designations or other objections. What farmers should discuss is the future of managing water or other resources. The National Blueway System was created in May 2012 by the DOI. By definition a National Blueway is a “. . . national and regionally significant river and their watersheds that are highly valued recreational, social, economic, cultural, and ecological assets for the communities that depend on them.” The goal of the National Blueway System was a holistic approach for the benefit of the watershed, its many uses and to increase cooperation among stakeholders and agencies throughout the watershed. Another goal was increasing public awareness that what happens upstream impacts those downstream and vice versa. The program’s design was to be based on voluntary participation with no impeding of water or property rights. However, environmental regulation pressures continue to mount on farmers. Giving special recognition to waterways provides an opportunity for those wishing to restrict all agriculture practices. Landowners worry that voluntary programs will become mandatory, and they’ll have little input. The goals outlined by this nomination aimed to make several changes to agricultural-related activities. While the nomination didn’t vehemently attack agriculture, almost every mention of farming spoke of it as an obstacle to overcome in the watershed. The truth is farmers and ranchers partner regularly with wildlife and conservation groups for to better the environment. That relationship, of course, shouldn’t automatically be considered adversarial. • “Agriculture-related genetic pollution;” • “Agricultural practices that negatively affect water quality;” • “Over consumption of water by … agricultural users that adversely affects water levels” The White River National Blueway designation played into that stereotype. The nomination had little to no input from agriculture, but more than half of its “strategic objectives” were agriculturerelated. 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Rather than build traditional, permanent chicken coops to house the hens, the students came up with the concept of constructing the “tractors.” Chapter president Tyler Reaves said there are several reasons for this. “These 5.5-foot x 8-foot A-frame units are designed to be portable and allow the chickens to free range, cutting down on the cost of feed requirements,” Reaves said. “We will supply each family that qualifies for a unit with two hens to get started. Each tractor includes a small roosting and nesting area for the chickens to sleep and lay their eggs in. They are on wheels and designed so two people can move the units around their yard to new ground.” The students came up with a design that costs only $150 per unit to build. The chapter also will provide a rooster for the families to borrow to fertilize the eggs in the event they want to raise their own chicks. Martin explained their program this way. “Rather than just giving the family fish (so to speak), we will be teaching them to fish, or in this case, raise laying hens, by writing and delivering educational pamphlets each month on such topics as good nutrition, how to deal with potential diseases, predator control, etc.,” he said. “There are a lot of families here that live on a restricted food budget and would benefit from being able to produce their own eggs, so we expect to receive a number of applications for the tractors,” chapter member Railyn Stokes said. Other FFA students involved with the project include Jami Barnett, Marissa Greer, Jacob McGowan and Jordan Teegarden. “I’m very proud of how they came up with this design and tackled the project with such enthusiasm,” Martin said.” Keith Sutton M Food for All program. hens. Members of the Norfork High School FFA chapter in Baxter County wanted to do something different and sustainable for their project as part of the National FFA’s How about a “chicken tractor”? After researching different concepts on the web, the 40 students in Leanna Martin’s chapter decided on building the portable chicken houses as a means of giving area families the opportunity to raise egg-laying “The National FFA introduced the program last year, and our chapter decided to participate, but we wanted to do something unique,” said Martin, vo-ag instructor and FFA advisor for the school. The Norfork chapter applied for and obtained a $2,500 grant from the national organization which supplied funds for construction of 15 units. “We brainstormed and talked to the operators of the local food bank. 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