H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

Randall Weiseman Labor and Immigration

By Jaci Schreckengost The H-2A program is a guest-worker program that allows people from other countries to come to the United States on a visa as agricultural employees for temporary, seasonal work. Many industries are beginning to use H-2A due to uncertainty over the domestic labor supply, says Fritz Roka, an associate professor of agriculture economics at the University of …

Trump Unveils New Immigration Legislation

Randall Weiseman Labor and Immigration, Legislative

Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been vocal about his urgency to reform U.S. immigration policy. When he was elected, business leaders, especially within the agriculture industry, waited to see what Trump’s immigration plans were and what those plans would mean for their workforce. An announcement from Trump today, August 2, may give the agriculture industry …


NMPF Proposal to Improve H-2A for Dairy Advances Thanks to Rep. Newhouse

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

In a meeting with Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern expressed appreciation on behalf of the nation’s dairy farmers for the congressman’s work to advance NMPF’s proposal to expand the H-2A farm worker visa program to include year-round employees on dairy farms. During consideration Wednesday of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s annual …

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H-2A Visa Program May Be Expanded

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill that would help dairy producers and other farmers that need year round labor. The amendment would expand the types of businesses that can apply for the H-2A visa program for temporary or seasonal workers. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says it would also nullify the requirement …


Rural Unemployment Rates Declining

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Unemployment rates in rural areas of the nation are steadily declining, a trend first started in 2010. Farm Journal’s AgWeb reports that rural and urban unemployment rates have since fallen toward pre-recession levels. The overall unemployment rate as of 2016 was 5.7 percent in rural areas and 5.2 percent in urban areas. Before that time, unemployment rates in rural America …

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Agri View: Talk Continues on Effects of the Wall

Dan Agri View, Labor and Immigration, Trade

Everett Griner talks about how the wall will affect agriculture in today’s Agri View.       Well, talk continues about the wall. What is it going to cost? Estimates range from 8 billion to 25 billion dollars. Whatever the cost, constructing that wall is not the only thing that generates financial repercussions. Trade, especially farm trade. Sale of farm …


New Proposal Could Protect Farm Workers from Deportation

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

The American agriculture industry relies on foreign workers, especially at harvest time. The website Eater Dot Com reports a group of Democrats has introduced legislation that would give farm workers some protection from possible deportation. The bill is called the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1034). It would protect undocumented workers from deportation if they can prove …


Pleased with Protection for Farmworkers

Dan Labor and Immigration

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would give farmworkers a path to legal status and citizenship. And during a conference call this week Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, was pleased with introduction of this legislation. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced the legislation and explains how it works. More information about the new …


Agri View: Migrant Labor Shortage

Dan Agri View, Labor and Immigration

Everett Griner talks about how the migrant labor shortage problem will hurt everybody in today’s Agri View.     Well our new president’s efforts to control our borders and deport illegals is not a good thing for farmers. It is going to create a labor shortage that’s already a serious challenge. Present laws that permit migrant farm workers to come …