U.S. farmers are at the forefront of climate-smart farming, and utilizing scientific solutions, technology and innovation to work to protect our land, air and water. Farmers are looking for solutions to strengthen this essential industry and improve our sustainability, but farmers can’t tackle climate change alone.
Dairy is an important part of the agriculture industry, and plays a critical role in Pennsylvania’s economy, generating $14.7 billion in annual revenue and more than 52,000 jobs. Dairy also plays an important role in diets, because it contains nine essential nutrients, and is a good source of protein. While these facts are compelling, the dairy industry has also been greatly challenged in recent years.
Agricultural Labor Reform
U.S. agriculture faces a critical shortage of workers every year, as citizens are largely unwilling to engage in these rigorous activities and guestworker programs are unable to respond to the marketplace. This situation makes our farms less competitive with foreign farmers and less reliable for the American consumer. Securing a reliable and competent workforce for our nation’s farms is essential to agriculture and to the U.S. economy.