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February 6, 2014

#IFarmImmigration Campaign in Spotlight This Month

For more information on Newsline, contact: Kari Barbic, Media Specialist, American Farm Bureau Federation, karib@fb.org.

Immigration reform, particularly the agricultural labor component, is an important issue for the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Public Policy Specialist Kristi Boswell shares one way the organization is ramping up efforts to educate congressional members about the importance of this issue. Seanica Otterby has the story.
Otterby:American Farm Bureau is working with the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agricultural Workforce Coalition on the #IFarmImmigration campaign.
Boswell:The #IFarmImmigration campaign is part of a larger #IAmImmigration campaign that is sponsored solely by the Partnership for a New American Economy, each individual sector and industry having a month spotlight, ours being in February. Their website is IAmImmigration.org. Throughout the month of February, it will be loaded with agricultural materials about how labor reform is important to growers all across America.
Otterby:American Farm Bureau Public Policy Specialist Kristi Boswell encourages farmers across the country to participate in the campaign this month, which isn’t just taking place online. Here’s what Boswell says will take place this month.
Boswell:A Hill briefing here in D.C. There will be many groups of farmers that are coming for meetings in D.C. and are going to be talking to members of Congress. And the week of Presidents Day recess, we’re really going to work the districts when members are home, do farm tours and roundtable discussions and in-district one-on-one meetings with members of Congress and farmers to spread the word that the House needs to act on immigration reform this year.
Otterby:To participate in the #IFarmImmigration campaign this month use #IFarmImmigration on Twitter and Facebook. Seanica Otterby, Washington.

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