Wednesday, June 12, 2024

New agriculture worker bill introduced in Congress

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By Barbara Olejnik

Poultry Times Staff

bolejnik@poultrytimes.com

WASHINGTON — Proposed legislation to create a new agricultural guestworker program for U.S. farmers and ranchers has been introduced in Congress.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has introduced the Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017 to create an H-2C visa program to allow U.S. employers access to a legal and stable supply of workers.

The Act replaces the H-2A guestworker program which required employers to comply with a lengthy and slow labor certification process.

"For far too long, the broker H-2A guestworker program has. . .

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