From worker shortages to wage pressures, employers across the country are facing labor challenges – and the agricultural industry is no exception. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two guests on the forefront of today’s workforce struggles.

First up is Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington state’s fourth congressional district. Rep. Newhouse tells us how his background in agriculture steers his policymaking, particularly with workforce issues. He also sheds light on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and its potential impacts on ag labor.

Joining us next is Jackie Klipplenstein, Senior Vice President of Government, Industry and Community Relations with Dairy Farmers of America. She talks about her efforts to ensure the farmer-owned cooperative has an adequate workforce, including working with Congress to adjust and expand visa programs.

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Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, The Dairy Download offers sharp insights in a neat, 25-minute package. Blimling’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy.

Wonks, nerds, data hounds and tech evangelists are welcome. Listeners get the perspectives of various industry experts who can unpack challenging issues in fun and interesting ways.

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