The agriculture, fishing and forestry industries contribute more than $200 billion to US GDP. Farmers frequently complain that American workers are unwilling to take on low-level farm jobs. The only visa currently available to US farmers (H-2A visa) is cumbersome and expensive. More than 500,000 farm workers are immigrants and many are undocumented. However, without them, US agriculture would be unsustainable. A report by Farm Credit East (financial-services provider) estimates that if all undocumented workers in NYS were deported, the state's agriculture production would shrink by 24%, or $1.37 billion, with more than 21,000 agricultural workers losing their jobs, including US citizens. Non-farm services (veterinary, farm equipment, food processing, etc) would decrease by $7.2 billion. NYS would have to import more food and lose its edge as a leading yogurt producer. As a nation with a hearty appetite, are we prepared to accept more agricultural imports when US farmers are forced to curtail harvest plans for lack of labor? This bill (aka 'Blue Card' program) taken in conjunction with Senate Bill S1034 (Agricultural Worker Program Act) is a sensible approach to levelling the field (pun intended) for American agriculture.