Just 2 percent of labor demand is met through the H-2A visa program, creating a massive black market.
The H-2A visa program continues to be mired in bureaucratic red tape with no immediate relief in sight.
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.
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 […]
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.
Farmers and rachers continue to struggle to find help, given issues with the H-2A visa program, causing ag labor shortages across the nation.
The H-2A visa processing delay is leaving sheep producers in a tough spot. Many visa applications for immigrant sheepherders are in limbo, so organizations like the American Sheep Industry are working with Congress to try to find solutions to the problem.
American Farm Bureau Federation president, Vincent Mearl “Zippy” Duvall says the number one issue facing agriculture today is immigration, calling the United States’ current guest worker program “broken”.
Farmers and ranchers across the nation are seeking an overhaul of foreign farm worker visas, but with the upcoming presidential election and its immigration debate and talk of a southern wall, their pleas are, all too often, falling on deaf ears.
More than 100 members of the U.S. House have written to the Obama administration in an effort to speed up the processing of foreign guestworker visas.