The Agricultural Guestworker Act, or the AG Act, replaces the outdated and broken H-2A guestworker program with a reliable, efficient, and fair program. The H-2A program is widely known to be expensive, time-consuming, and flawed. Each year, employers using the H-2A program have to comply with a lengthy labor certification process that is slow and plagued with red tape. As a result of complying with H-2A regulations, employers using the program almost always find themselves at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.
To provide American farmers with access to a legal, stable supply of workers, the AG Act creates a new H-2C guestworker program designed to meet the needs of the diverse agriculture industry. Under the bill, the guestworker program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and covers year-round employers, like dairies, aquaculture operations, food processors, and others. Further, the AG Act allows experienced unauthorized agricultural workers to continue working in agriculture and provides more flexibility to American farmers with respect to housing, transportation, and touchback periods.
Below is a list of support letters from the agriculture community for the Agricultural Guestworker Act:
North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, North Carolina State Grange, North Carolina Watermelon Association, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, North Carolina Agribusiness Council, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, North Carolina Deer & Elk Farmers Association, North Carolina Horse Council, Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, US Tobacco Cooperative, United States Sweet Potato Council, American Horse Council