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H-2A fees increase 7.9 percent

- Featured
The State Department dropped the fee increase from 63 percent to 7.9 percent after it received more than 80 comments from farmers.

New AEWR rates challenged in Congress

- Analysis
The adverse effect wage rates (AEWR) recently issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) are facing a legislative challenge.

IFPA criticizes Department of Labor H-2A wage revisions

- General News
The Department of Labor released the Final Rule regarding the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for H-2A employers yesterday delivering the latest in a series of burdensome regulations directly impacting the fresh produce industry.

The typical guestworker: not who you think

- Analysis
Who is a guestworker in the United States? You may have a picture in your mind: a migrant Hispanic out working out in the fields.

Pandemic didn’t lead to farm labor shortage

- Analysis
There was great concern that the pandemic would lead to severe farm labor shortages, causing growers to leave crops unharvested. Fortunately, that problem didn’t pan out, as we learn from a report issued by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) in August 2022.

H-2A numbers continue to rise

- General News
The government’s H-2A program for contracting with agricultural workers from abroad continues to expand in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2022.

Florida Woman pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural H-2A workers

- General News

A woman in Florida pleaded guilty today to a federal racketeering conspiracy that victimized Mexican agricultural …


U.S. Department of Labor fines Florida firm for H-2A violations

- General News
After long days spent toiling in fields under a hot Missouri sun, immigrant workers returned to what was once a county jail where their employer housed them in unsanitary living conditions and added to their misery by failing to pay them the wages they earned under their contract.

Love it, like it or hate it, growers use H-2A program

- Analysis
Although growers often complain that the H-2A process is cumbrous and expensive (requiring employers to pay for workers’ transportation to and from their native countries, for example), the program has greatly expanded over recent years.

Labor Outlook: H-2A, machines, and imports

- Analysis
What’s the outlook on farm labor? In a recent interview, Philip L. Martin, a professor at the University of California at Davis and one of the nation’s leading experts, made three major points.