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Labor Conference Brings in Farmers from all over the State

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Farm employers from around the state flocked to the Yakima Convention Center today for the Washington Farm Labor Association's 9th Annual Labor Conference.

The event helps to educate farmers who hire laborers about a number of human resource and labor issues.

Bishop Joseph Tyson with the Yakima Diocese also gave a speech about immigration reform.

It's a major topic for farm employers.

Organizers say nearly 70 percent of seasonal workers are likely using fake documents.

"Our iconic crop is apples, and it looks like the value of that crop is gonna be over three billion dollars. The crop isn't worth anything unless it gets picked," said Farm Labor Association Director Dan Fazio.

Speakers also focused on issues like the new healthcare law, harassment, and best hiring practices.