By Tim Kowols
Recent actions in federal immigration policies have some local dairy farmers concerned about their workforce. President Donald Trump issued executive orders last month increasing the number of immigration officers and deportations for undocumented immigrants. Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor relies on an immigrant workforce to help with its over 600 cows and 5,000 acres of land. While dairy manager and DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board member Mark Haberli knows his employees are covered with the necessary I-9 form, he knows it weighs on them heavily.
A 2009 University of Wisconsin study showed that an estimated 40 percent of workers on the state’s dairy farms were immigrants.