H-2A Worker Program a National Problem

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation calls the growing problem of not enough agriculture workers a national issue. Farmers across the United States continue to tell lawmakers there just aren’t enough workers to meet demand.The federal government currently has the H-2A visa program, which allows short term visas, so crops can be harvested.However, many growers say the U.S. Government is not keeping up with demand and that is a serious problem for farmers.“If you have a crop ready to harvest, your harvest window is narrow and your workers show up late, you’re going to lose that crop,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau. “For rural America to not be able to bring workers here to harvest our crops is just really ridiculous.”The H-2A issue is not only causing too many delays in its current form, but there’s also too much red tape. A concern for farmers, yes, but consumers should also be worried about the lack of movement to resolve H2-A slowdowns.We’re going to have to make a choice if we do not fix this problem,” Duvall said. “We either have to import our labor and have them harvest our crops or we’ll have to import our food.”A video released last week by the American Farm Bureau shows the struggle farmers face when it comes to labor. The video can be found here.last_img