Lobbyists Say Groups Have Reached Consensus On Ag Labor Fix

The agriculture industry has coalesced around a potential labor fix that would provide a path to legalization for farm laborers currently in the U.S. and also expand the H-2A foreign guest-worker program so that farmers can more easily hire foreign workers.

The H-2A program allows employers to higher foreign workers on a temporary basis to fill positions for agricultural work they are unable to secure domestic labor to do.

The program is used extensively for more labor intensive seasonal agricultural work like picking fruits and vegetables. Often it proves impossible for producers to find Americans workers to fill the needed positions.

MWFPA has been supportive of making changes to the current agricultural guest worker program which is expensive, flawed, and plagued with red tape.

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