H-2A

DOL updates minimum wage rates for H-2A workers

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor has announced the 2017 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or... more »

H-2A wage rates for 2017 projected

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released core data that will be used to calculate the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for 2017. The AEWR in Washington and Oregon will likely rise 5.44 percent... more »

Western Growers applauds USCIS streamlining of H-2A processing

While in Washington, D.C. for the Association’s Annual Board Fly-in, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif has released a statement on the announcements made by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S.... more »

NASDA, Farm Bureau call for quicker H-2A processing

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to call on the federal government to alleviate H-2A processing delays.  The H-2A program is a critically important... more »

US Department of Labor announces delays in H-2A applications

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The OFLC... more »

Filling the labor gap: more Michigan growers hiring H-2A workers

Michigan growers are taking the plunge into H-2A, and don’t appear to be turning back. It started with a pilot project in 2014, when four apple orchards hired 90 pickers. By 2015, Michigan Farm Bureau,... more »

Farm labor harder to find than it was 50 years ago

Five decades ago, there was a sea change in the world of agricultural labor – and ag employers are still feeling the ripples today. It started in 1960, when CBS aired “Harvest of Shame.” The... more »


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