Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 10, 2021
Congressman Christ Jacobs has introduced legislation that would make it easier for Dairy Farmers to hire migrant labor by expanding h-2A temporary agricultural visas to include the dairy industry. As of right now the dairy industry, because it is year round, can’t qualify for temporary or seasonal hiring of migrant labor. Jacobs said, “The bottom line is that we need a migrant worker program that respects and enforces our immigration laws while providing farmers with the workforce that they need,” He was thanked by the president of the New York Farm Bureau, David Fisher, and the president of the National Milk Producers Federation, Jim Mulhern.
The USDA is extending the Summer meals program through September 30th. It is estimated that 12 million children in the US live in homes where they may not always have food to eat. These summer meal programs fill the need for these kids and are also open to those over 18 who have mental and physical disabilities. Schools, Parks, Community Centers, Libraries and churches can be sites for these meals.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley has issued a reminder that all motorboat operators, regardless of age must have a boating safety certificate by 2025. Information on taking the boating safety course in-person or online can be found at https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/