The National Pork Producers Council has renewed its call for government help to prevent a severe labor shortage from becoming a crisis.
NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth said the group is very concerned about the State Department’s decision to suspend visa processing in Mexico. The pork industry, a farm sector that operates year-round, uses the H-2A visa program for specialized work, but cannot use the program for most labor needs because of its seasonal limitation. Hog farmers are major users of the TN visa program, which taps labor from Mexico.
NPPC said the decision by the State Department threatens to worsen the labor shortage in the pork industry and across U.S. agriculture, according to the organization. Mexico is an important source of labor for U.S. hog farmers and packing plants.