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Amendment Allows Year-Round H-2A Visas for Workers
USAgNet - 07/19/2021

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 Homeland Security funding bill that would allow the H-2A temporary agriculture guestworker program to be accessed year-round for the FY2022 year.

The amendment, by Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), was adopted by voice vote. “Our farmers and ranchers are in desperate need of a legal and reliable workforce,” said Rep. Newhouse.

“Unfortunately, the H-2A program does not work for all of agriculture. As farming methods have become less seasonal or able to produce multiple harvests, the H-2A program must be updated to meet the needs of the agriculture industry,” he added.

According to the National Pork Producers Council,the amendment comes as ag groups aggressively engage lawmakers regarding the severe labor shortage in the ag industry.


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