American Dairy Coalition Inc.
PO Box 10976, Green Bay, WI 54307-0976
Telephone:  1.920.965.6070
E-mail: ​ 

ADC Founder, Laurie Fischer and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan

  • Introduce coalition members and our issues to key federal and state policy makers and educate them about ADC’s objectives and why our objectives are so critical to the future of dairy farming in the United States
  • ​​Real-time updates to coalition members on critical federal policy changes, regulatory rules, and farm situations

​​Your Trusted Voice

We are the voice of progressive, modern dairy, livestock and agriculture farmers in the nation.  We are an industry organization led by farmers.  This ensures those most effected by governmental policy have a vehicle to protect their interest and ensure the growth and future livelihood of the industry. The American Dairy Coalition focuses on federal dairy, agriculture, and livestock policy.  Successful policy making, in order to best serve our industry, must start in Washington.  We focus only on top priority issues in order to remain nimble and quickly adapt to the ever changing federal policy making environment.  To ensure the dairy, livestock and agriculture industry’s voice is heard, a consistent presence on a federal level is vital, not only to make sure the right policies are passed, but to ensure they remain protected from activist’s attempts to overturn them.



Representing the united voice for America's milk producers, processors and supply chain committed to growth and expansion through federal dairy policy and growing worldwide demand for American dairy products.

Could the Agricultural Guestworker Act be the answer the dairy industry has waited for?
Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Progressive Dairyman

Ag Guest Worker Act Details Explained
Featuring commentary ​from Laurie Fischer, ADC
​Jim Dickrell  |  AgWeb

ADC AG Act Support Letter

ADC Dairy RP Program Support Letter

Ag Community Has Waited Too Long for a Workable Guestworker Program
Rep. Bob Goodlatte  |  AgWeb

ADC Letter to EPA Regarding Electric Pathway

John Jacobs, ADC President


​MPP: What You Need To Know

Anna-Lisa Laca |  Farm Journal's MILK

​Dairy groups anticipate year-round guestworker bill
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Carol Ryan Dumas  |  Capital Press

Bill Would Create New Visa Category

Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC​

Mike Opperman |  Farm Journal's MILK

We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.
Jeff Flake  |  The New York Times

House Approps approves H2A, a farm group opposes
Tri-State Livestock News

​How Green Valley Dairy Focuses on Sustaining Profitability
Mike Opperman  |  Farm Journal's MILK

D​airy farms, businesses honored for sustainable practices
​Dave Natzke  |  Progressive Dairyman

Dairy industry waits for federal government to act on immigration

Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Rep. Ken Buck says his visa bill is focused on labor reality, not fear

David O. Williams  |  The Tribune


​​​Yes, but who is going to milk the cows?

Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ron Johnson introduces bill to create state-run guest worker program
​Jessie Opoien  |  The Capital Times

Allow peaceful, law-abiding working immigrants out of the shadows
​Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  The Hill

​​​DAIRY Act expands H-2A for year-round use

Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs

​​Rep. Duffy introduces new immigration reform policy
​Wisconsin State Farmer

Dairy farmers focused on policy and price at Central Plains Dairy Expo
Michelle Rock  |  Agweek

​Dairy Groups Calls Labor Shortage a Crisis, Wants Immigration Reform​ (article + audio)

WNAX Radio  |  Featuring Laurie Fischer, ADC

Are you protected?

​​Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Progressive Dairyman

200 Organizations Remind President of Rural Infrastructure Needs
Press Release from Farm Credit Council
​Letter signed by ADC

Immigration enforcement executive orders causing fear
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs

What To Do If ICE Comes Knocking​
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Anna-Lisa Laca  |  Farm Journal's MILK​

Immigrant labor: Policy changes, some hype heightening dairy concerns
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
​Dave Natzke  |  Progressive Dairyman

​Dairy Industry Groups React Favorably to Perdue USDA Nomination

Jim Dickrell  |  Farm Journal's MILK

​2017: Some ideas and opportunities
​​John Oncken  |  Wisconsin State Farmer

American Dairy Coalition: a year in review & the future! (audio interview)
Ag Inspirations

Wisconsin needs immigrants to fuel growth
Wisconsin State Journal editorial

​American Dairy Coalition Grows

Larry Lee  |  Brownfield Ag News

All farmers should share their stories to build understanding

Bill Eberle  |  Fond du Lac Reporter

Mexico is huge market for Wisconsin cheese
Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  ​Wisconsin State Journal

Donald Trump’s Deportation Plan Could Devastate The U.S. Farm Industry
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Joseph Erbentraut  |  The Huffington Post

​​​​​​​​It Seems to Me: CAFO rap unfair
Kristin Solum  |  Leader-Telegram

Upcoming Event

​Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act)

The American Dairy Coalition Applauds the Introduction of the “Agricultural Guest Worker Act of 2017” (AG Act) by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Read more here.

View ADC's letter of support here.

On October 5, 2017 ADC held an informative session highlighting the details of the recently introduced Agriculture Guestworker Act (AG Act) at this year’s World Dairy Expo event. Before a standing-room-only crowd, a message recorded especially for ADC’s attendees by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was played to provide an overview of his AG Act bill.  This bill will create a new visa category, the H-2C, that will replace the outdated and cumbersome H-2A visa category. The Ag Act will provide a workable solution to provide dairy operations access to year-round, safe and reliable labor.  
Attendees engaged in a question and answer session led by ADC Founder and CEO, Laurie Fischer and had the opportunity to provide feedback that will go to Chairman Goodlatte. 

Click on the image below to view Chairman Goodlatte’s video:


The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) replaces the impractical H-2A program with a sensible guestworker program. The new visa catagory (known as H-2C) is designed to boost the modern agricultural labor market as needed.

• The AG Act eliminates bureaucratic red-tape. The program will be administered by the USDA which understands the unique needs of America’s farm and ranch operations and the challenges of processing raw, perishable agricultural commodities.

• The AG Act is market-driven and adaptable. By offering workers and employers more choices in their employment arrangements, the Ag Act offers flexibility and makes it easier for workers to move freely throughout the marketplace to meet demands. With limited exceptions, H-2C workers can be employed under contract or at will.

• The AG Act reduces costly and abusive litigation.
- Unlike the Senate bill, the AG Act does not give guestworkers a new, private right of action to sue farmers and ranchers in federal court.

- In response to unremitting criticism of the behavior of taxpayer- funded Legal Services Corporation (LSC) attorneys from every corner of the countryside, as well as from LSC’s own Office of Inspector General, LSC attorneys are not permitted to participate in lawsuits against the H-2C employers.

• The AG Act eliminates the Adverse Effect Wage Rate once and for all. Under this program, employers will pay guestworkers minimum wage + 15%, not a wage dreamed up by Labor Department bureaucrats.

• The AG Act creates a modern and streamlined agricultural guestworker program. Under the program, registered agricultural employers will attest to their need for workers when efforts to recruit U.S. workers do not yield the help they need.

• The AG Act recognizes that not all agriculture jobs require the same level of skill and experience. This program gives employers the opportunity to invest their time training workers for specialized or hard to fill jobs by allowing workers an initial stay of 36 months.

• The AG Act does not require growers to train and hire unneeded workers after their workforce is established and work begins (thereby eliminating the often-abused “50% rule“.)

• The AG Act gives employers the option of providing housing and transportation to workers.

• The AG Act serves the diverse interests of the agriculture industry. The adaptable program will support aquaculture operations, dairies, food processors and other year-round agricultural employers. The Agricultural Guestworker Act provides farm labor stability. The bill will encourage illegal farm workers to identify themselves, participate in the program (to the extent that work is available), and return home to re-establish ties to their home countries.

• The AG Act requires a maximum periodic touchback of 45 days. The worker can accumulate time outside the U.S. toward the touchback total during the initial 36 months of their visa.​

Download additional information about the AG Act here.

Learn more about ADC's immigration priorities here.




  • Sustain a reliable stable workforce (a dairy guest worker program)
  • Protect dairy business investment and create greater certainty for development (streamline and reduce EPA overreach)​
  • Increase consumer trust and confidence in milk through innovation, entrepreneurship and compassion

The American Dairy Coalition is pleased to present at the Central Plains Dairy Women’s Conference in Sioux Falls, SD.  
Learn more about Immigration reform during ADC’s breakout session on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 9:30a.m. 
Immigration Reform: Is The New Agricultural Guestworker Act the Answer for Reliable, Year-round Labor?
Presented by Laurie Fischer, ADC CEO and Founder, and Ann McDonald, ADC Business Development Lead

This informative presentation will feature details surrounding the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) and how immigration reform affects our nation’s dairy producers.  A question and answer segment will give attendees an opportunity to provide feedback and ask specific questions about how dairy policy effects their businesses.   

Central Plains Dairy Expo Women’s Conference is held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls SD November 14-15.  The event provides attendees with networking and educational opportunities featuring a series of breakout sessions.  

​Learn more about the event and registration here.