Western Growers’ Board of Directors met with nearly 30 key legislative representatives and regulatory officials in Washington, D.C., this week to vocalize the need for immigration reform and hear updates about U.S. trade actions and the farm bill renewal. The Board spent Tuesday speaking with members of the Senate, while Wednesday was dedicated to having discussions with House representatives. 

Stephanie Metzinger

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. While it would likely be business as usual for most private employers in the United States, H-2A users could be dramatically impacted.

That is because U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) staff that process H-2A foreign labor certifications are deemed “non-essential” during government shutdowns and are furloughed until the government reopens. H-2A applications that have not been certified by the shutdown will sit in the queue indefinitely.

Jason Resnick

As you are well aware, the House and Senate have passed a tax bill that dramatically changes tax rates across the country. This bill is extremely complex and will likely impact your farm.

The most important thing you can do is reach out to your tax professional and have them walk you through the new law and how it will impact your operations.

In the meantime, here is a basic analysis of the implications of the new tax bill for agriculture.

Summary of Changes

Dennis Nuxoll

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