COVID19 has been disastrous for most industries in the US. However, the agricultural sector also felt the tremendous impact of the pandemic in the form of labor shortage. With farmworkers being forced to quarantine just when it’s time for the fruit to ripen, there were some significant supply and demand discrepancies.
As a result, farm organizations had to recruit migrant farm workers under the H2A work visa scheme.
Here are some of the benefits of doing so:
Producers around the US are worried about the impending supply issues during the harvest season. This is why The Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Labor (DOL) consistently encourage the producers in the US to hire migrant workers. The reason is simple—to mitigate the impact of labor shortage and supply food supply shortage. The coronavirus pandemic has caused severe supply chain disruptions in the food industry.
Moving forward, hiring migrant workers is the only way to deal with the supply and demand gap. As an American farmer, your front-line duty is to play your part in maintaining the country’s steady food supply—even if you need to bring in labor from abroad. Your partnership with a foreign farmer not only supports the two of you but also the rest of the American families.
Fortunately, at any given time, there are around 20,000 certified H2A workers available for your farm as we speak. Each of these workers is important to the American agricultural economy. They would be glad to take over any available vacancies as soon as their existing gigs are up. Since H2A can work for around three years in total, you are always likely to find someone or the other within your designated time frame.
The H2A program is as extensive as it can get. Every year, the program brings in around 240,000 workers. Most of these come in from Mexico. However, some of the workers also belong to Jamaica, Peru, and South Africa. As a result, it is safe to say that the program is a rich blend of individuals coming in from a wide range of countries and hail from very diverse backgrounds. This means that hiring foreign farmworkers also gives you access to incorporating foreign farm practices, skillsets, and expertise into your everyday farming operations.
If you are in need of assistance to source farm labor for your farm in Florida, Farm Aid H-2A LLC is your best bet. We are an H2A employment agency from Anthony, Florida that helps farms meet their seasonal labor requirements by recruiting foreign labor. We also help workers obtain adequate foreign labor certifications. Get in touch to learn more.