USDA and DOL Partnering to Assist H-2A Employers

USDA has announced a partnership with the Department of Labor to help agriculture find workers during the coronavirus crisis.

The partnership between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor seeks to  facilitate the identification of foreign and domestic workers, specifically those that may be available and eligible to transfer to other U.S. agricultural employers to fulfill needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA and DOL have identified nearly 20,000 H-2A and H-2B certified positions that have expiring contracts in the coming weeks. There will be workers leaving these positions who could be available to transfer to a different employer’s labor certification.

“Ensuring minimal disruption for our agricultural workforce during these uncertain times is a top priority for this administration,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

The data, available on www.farmers.gov, includes the number of certified worker positions, the current employer name and contact, attorney/agent name and contact, and the worksite address.