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US ag secretary: Current farm visa program 'unworkable'


MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that he considers the United States' current farm-visa program to be "unworkable" but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks that begin next month.

Many U.S. farms depend on temporary agricultural workers who enter on special visas, but there have been complaints about red tape, delays and limits on the program.

"Frankly we have a system now that's essentially unworkable for many farms," Purdue said during a visit to Mexico City, without elaborating.

While Mexico has said it wants an "integral" approach to...

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