A Solution to the Food Processing Industry’s Labor Shortage

The Problem On April 28, 2020, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which classified the meatpacking and food processing plant industry (Processing Plants) as part of the nation’s “essential workers” category of the workforce. The importance of Processing Plants in our food supply chain has made itself evident throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Processing Plant jobs do not appeal to Americans. Read More

Things to know if you already have an H-2A program in place.

Compliance with US immigration laws is vital to your company’s success. The H-2A program allows farmers who employ individuals in the United States to hire foreign employees to fill temporary labor jobs, according to US immigration laws. If you already have an H-2A program in place, it is important that you are aware of some rules to follow while your workers are in the US. Employers of H-2A workers must Read More

What’s the H-2A Program? How can it help farmers get legal affordable labor?

Can I get legal labor and still abide by US immigration laws? The H-2A program allows farmers who employ individuals in the United States to hire foreign employees to fill temporary labor jobs, according to US immigration laws. For the position to qualify with H-2A workers, the employer must: Provide a job that is temporary or seasonal. Demonstrate that there are not enough workers in the United States who Read More

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Background On October 30, 2019, Congresswoman Lofgren (D. CA), introduced H.R. 4916, also known as the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (The Bill). The Bill is being touted as a desperately needed bill that reforms the H-2A Visa Program. While there are good aspects to The Bill, the reality is it would have catastrophic consequences to the livestock industry and would either . (1) put thousands of U.S. workers Read More

H-2A change rules and regulations.

Department of Labor removes the requirement for print advertising. Labor shortages have plagued farms across the United States for decades. Congress first created a visa program for non-immigrant labor in the early 1950s, but it wasn’t until 1986 that Congress established the H-2A visa program and H-2A regulations for temporary agricultural workers. Under this program, farmers may apply to employ H-2A workers on Read More

United States tariffs on China shelved

United States agriculture exports will add to farmers' labor needs. In 2017, 17% of the total agriculture exports from the US went to China.  In 2017 agricultural exports reached 23.8 billion, and from 2000 to 2017 agriculture exports to China increased by 700%. However, since the beginning of 2018 China reduced and eventually stopped buying US agricultural products, motivated by the escalating trade war Read More