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NCAE Comments on the USCIS proposal to raise H-2A Fees

On June 20th, 2016 NCAE submitted public comments OPPOSING the USCIS proposal to raise the visa fee for H-2A applications 42%.  Here are NCAE’s Comments on these proposed changes.To post your own comments, search for DOCKET # USCIS-2016-0001 on the Regulations website

Interview with Celia Gould, Director of Idaho Department of Agriculture

Idaho Dept of Ag - Celia GouldOn June 20th, 2016 Frank interviewed the Director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Celia Gould. Gould was appointed to lead the Idaho Department of Agriculture in January 2007 and is the first female to hold the position. Frank learned more about her position as both Director and the owner/operator of a third generation ranching and farming operation, G+ Ranches of Buhl, Idaho. For more information about Gould, Idaho Agriculture, and her perspective on the biggest challenges and needs facing the industry please enjoy the Full interview.

NCAE This Week (6-13 through 6-17 2016)

Please join us in welcoming NCAE’s newest addition, Jake Oatess! Jake is working in our offices this summer as our Policy Intern and has already hit the ground running! Jake has started familiarizing himself with Ag Employer issues, writing up webinar summaries, researching and writing model polices for the workplace, and learning how to use the back-end of the NCAE Website. We are very grateful to Jake for his strong work ethic and good attitude!

2016 Summer - Jake Oates with Rep. Dingell - cropped

On Tuesday, Jake attended an ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) breakfast with Frank where they met Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan!

Also this week, Frank spoke to a leadership training group at the State Department about H-2A Visa Issues and shared this Briefing Paper with them. Additionally, Frank participated in Hill receptions where he was able to visit with leadership of several key NCAE Members and allies including National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Western Growers, Farm Credit (both NCAE Member Farm Credit East and the national group), and United Fresh.