(March 6) Agriculture’s stance in the ongoing immigration reform debate will be heard on national television March 15.

Tom Nassif, president of Western Growers, Irvine, Calif., will appear on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program at 9:30 a.m. EST to discuss how the viability of the agriculture industry depends on provisions outlined in legislation likely to pass through Congress this spring.

Jobs in the U.S. for foreign workers and a domestic food supply are in jeopardy of being outsourced, he said.

It’s essential for the industry that a bill includes a guest worker program, Nassif said.

A possible scenario is that a guest worker provision from AgJobs be attached to a different piece of legislation, he said.

In addition to this media outreach, Nassif and other industry advocates will be in Washington, D.C. on March 15 to get the industry’s message across to Congress. A march on Capitol Hill has been organized by the Agricultural Coalition on Immigration Reform.