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April 4, 2012

Farm Bill unlikely this year

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MOIRA — "Virtually every farm has illegal labor on it, so this is a serious problem we're not addressing," he said.

"If enforcement were to begin, we'd have a crisis in food production and milk production."

Owens said the issue will come down to either importing labor or importing food.

He is also concerned about child-labor laws under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Labor because of the direct impact on farmers and their children who work with them.

Changes could restrict where the young people can work on the farm and what type of jobs they can perform.

Email Denise A. Raymo at: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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