Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation gathered virtually Thursday to assess any changes in the organization’s lengthy policy book.
In the meeting, California was unsuccessful in an effort to suspend the organization’s goal to exempt farmworkers from current wage and hour laws.
“This is a white-hot issue,” argued California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson. “Facing the dynamics that we have in Washington, D.C., coming up right now, this does not get us a place at the table. But it may even exclude us from the table.”

Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse countered that not standing strong would be a slippery slope, opening the door for more labor regulations.