Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019
Passed the Senate on Oct. 24, 2019
Bill Summary: This bill authorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), every fiscal year, to hire, train, and assign 240 new agricultural specialists until the total number of specialists equals and sustains the requirements identified each year in the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model.
The CBP may also hire, train, and assign support staff to assist the specialists and specified levels of agricultural canine teams.
In calculating the number of specialists needed at each port of entry through the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model, the Office of Field Operations of the CBP must (1) rely on data collected regarding the inspections and other activities conducted at each such port of entry; and (2) consider volume from seasonal surges, other projected changes in commercial and passenger volumes, the most current commercial forecasts, and other relevant information.
This agreement is expected to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, modernizing trade between the countries in North America.
Read more about it here. UPDATE: Senate passes USMCA Jan. 16, 2020!
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act
According to United Fresh “this bill addresses many of the issues the fresh produce industry has been advocating for over the last two decades including a pathway to legalization for the current workforce and significant reforms to the H-2A program.” United Fresh was proud to be part of this effort and also helping garner 44 original cosponsors. These Members of Congress should be applauded for their leadership and rising above the partisan divide that has permeated our nation’s capital.”