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Faso visits Athens, hears farm-related labor concerns

Aug 01, 2017 6:10 am
Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media U.S. Rep. John Faso was in Athens Mon., Jul. 31. The first-term congressman made a stop at Field Goods, a produce delivery business located in Athens, for a tour of the facility and conversation about the various labor issues facing farmers. Field Goods Founder and President Donna Williams hears most often from farmers that the difficulty finding skilled labor is limiting their ability to grow and expand. The minimum wage increase to nearly $15 per hour in two years was another concern raised by those in the meeting. “We really need to solve the immigrant labor question and to do it in a way that keeps these experienced farm workers here and encourages them to come back and also treats people fairly,” Faso said. According to Faso's online public schedule, he also visited the Salvation Army in Hudson, and the Lehigh Hanson Cement facility in Catskill on Monday. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.