The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) stated in an Oct. 2014 policy document titled "Agricultural Labor – E-Verify," posted on the AFBF website:

“Requiring agricultural employers to use E-Verify without assuring that a workable guest worker program is in place could have a significant, negative impact on U.S. farm production, threatening the livelihoods of many farmers and ranchers in labor-intensive agriculture…

If the mandatory E-Verify program goes forward by itself, without providing producers a source of legal workers, it would present a potentially insurmountable challenge for many agricultural employers. Farm Bureau economists estimate that as much as $5 billion to $9 billion in annual agricultural production is at risk if the industry’s labor needs cannot be addressed.”

Oct. 2014