Republican control of the White House and Congress brought some optimism to agricultural leaders who for years have been working on immigration reform to help labor-intensive agriculture.
One of the sectors of the U.S. economy most dependent on migrant labor is agriculture, especially for seasonal crops. The sector has struggled with immigration and labor rules for decades.
Much is made of how much farmers and ranchers rely on immigrant workers, hired through the H-2A visa program, to alleviate labor shortages, but how important is the H-2A program to these workers and their families back home?
The H-2A visa program continues to be mired in bureaucratic red tape with no immediate relief in sight.
The USDA collects data on farm labor that serve as the basis for employment and wage estimates of farm and ranch workers hired by farms in the United States.
Immigration is at the forefront of the presidential election and visa programs play a large role in the issue. The current visa system, which has not been updated since 1990, is stifling agricultural businesses and the U.S. economy as a whole.
Despite the opinions of some media reps and politicians, illegal immigration is down, especially from Mexico, which is near a 40-year low. The increase in the use of H-2A visas, which coincides with increased demands for labor in the United States, since 2011 is cited as a factor in the decline. Yet, processing delays and […]
By Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post Three years ago, Fishkill Farms owner and operator Joshua Morgenthau found himself facing a situation that is every farmer’s nightmare. It was time to prepare his 100-acre fruit and vegetable farm’s cherries and strawberries for harvest, but the workers he’d hired for the job weren’t there to help. His […]
Ag labor shortages across the United States are causing more and more farmers and ranchers to seek assistance through the H-2A visa program, but bureaucratic inefficiencies and housing regulations are making the entire process increasingly difficult.
Workers in the US on H-2A visas are much needed to fill the ag labor shortage, but bureaucratic inefficiencies and complex housing regulations make the H-2A process difficult.