DBA, Edge Dairy Farmers Cooperative: Dairy Stream podcast – H-2A visas and Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The newest episode of the Dairy Stream podcast focuses on the proposed Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would provide a year-round option to include employees in livestock agriculture. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives but has not moved in the Senate.

Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talked with Brandon Davis, an agricultural labor attorney and partner at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans, about the requirements of H-2A, the impact it has on the agricultural community and future possibilities. 

“I think what we should expect with the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 is a good program will become even better and will reach a broader audience like dairy,” Davis said.

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative sponsored this episode.

Listen here.


(Use of audio clips is encouraged with attribution to “Dairy Stream, co-produced by Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative.”)

1:33: How the current H-2A visa program works

3:45: Specific steps, requirements

8:09: Positive feedback from H-2A clients

10:14: Challenges

17:28: Unfair exclusion of dairy

23:35: Ongoing labor shortage

25:20: Best option for dairy

28:04: Political aspects

33:00: Improvements inevitable

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About Dairy Stream:

Dairy Stream focuses on policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology, processor updates, business partner news and farmer involvement. Dairy Stream is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association  and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Dairy Stream is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioPodBeanSpotify or wherever you listen.

About DBA:

The Dairy Business Association is Wisconsin’s leading dairy lobby group, championing smart and sensible regulations affecting the dairy community. The nonprofit organization is comprised of farmers, milk processors, vendors and other business partners who work collaboratively to ensure that dairy farms of all sizes have the support they need to keep America’s Dairyland strong. More information: www.dairyforward.com

About Edge: 

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative provides dairy farmers throughout the Midwest with a powerful voice — the voice of milk — in Congress, with customers and within their communities. Edge, based in Green Bay, Wis., is one of the top cooperatives in the country based on milk volume. More information: www.voiceofmilk.com