To save the struggling dairy industry, Congress must change immigration policies, a group of farmers from across the region said Thursday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison.

The annual event, expected to draw about 60,000 people and more than 3,000 cows this year, features an array of cow shows, vendors and workshops. But the tone was far more serious in the hotel meeting room where representatives from the dairy industries of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana gathered for a press conference, calling on legislators from their home states to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

The bill, which passed the House last year year, would change visa requirements that have for decades barred dairy farms from qualifying to host guest workers.

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