Farm Workforce Modernization Act a ‘Long Shot’

Jim Rogers Legislative

By Clint Thompson The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is in its final stage of being edited and potentially passed in the Senate. Whether it is approved by the end of this year remains a “long shot,” says Bob Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, D.C. He spoke about the …

‘Plenty’ of H-2A Workers Still Coming from Mexico

Jim Rogers Labor

By Clint Thompson The only source for labor that Southeast specialty crop producers have to choose from will not be running out of applicants any time soon. Dan Bremer, with Agworks H2 LLC, discussed the H-2A program during the Southern Peanut Growers Conference last weekend. He believes farmers will always have labor options if they choose to pursue the H-2A …

H-2A Program: What Else is There?

Clint Thompson Labor

By Clint Thompson With all of the expensive headaches that accompany the H-2A program, it still provides growers with a much-needed workforce they aren’t going to find anywhere else. “I think at this particular juncture, people see it as the only game in town. No other viable option has presented itself,” said Veronica Nigh, economist with American Farm Bureau Federation …

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AFBF Fearful Vaccination Mandate Could Impact H-2A Program

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General, Labor

By Clint Thompson The mandate that all non-U.S individuals entering the United States show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination will impact specialty crop producers hoping to get H-2A workers into the country in time for the spring crop. That’s the fear anyway shared by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Director of Congressional Relations Allison Crittendon. “I think it could cause …

New Vaccine Rule Could Impact H-2A Worker Availability

Jim Rogers Labor

By Clint Thompson The new requirement that non-U.S. citizens entering the United States be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could impact access farm laborers have to H-2A workers. That’s the concern shared by Chris Butts, executive vice president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. “What they’re asking is that they verbally attest to the vaccination status, and they have …

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Large Increases to H-2A Program Application Fees Proposed

Dan Cooper Georgia, Industry News Release, Labor

(GFVGA) — On Nov. 14, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would increase immigration fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by an average of 21 percent for all applications, while limiting the number of beneficiaries per filing. However, H-2A program users will see significantly larger increases if this proposal were to go into …