CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Farmers had more on their minds than the current dry spell when members of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster's Ag Advisory Committee met with him over lunch Monday.
Immigration policy, energy costs, international trade, biofuels, crop insurance and the American Horse Slaughter Protection Act were among the issues about a dozen members of the committee raised with Shuster, R-Pa. The congressman said he wanted to meet with the group to discuss farming issues as Congress prepares to draft a new Farm Bill in 2007.
Eugene Wingert of St. Thomas, Pa., said the committee represents agricultural interests of the 15 counties in the Ninth District and meets with Shuster once or twice a year.
In a district with many orchards and truck farms, migrant workers are important to the agricultural economy, said Lee Showalter of Five Forks Fruit in Waynesboro, Pa. Orchardists could face a labor shortage at harvest time if immigration laws are tightened without a guest worker program, he said.