Dutch Hollow Farm was one of two farm stops U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made in late August to address migrant worker issues on farms. Perdue visited the farms on his way to the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Perdue reported that help for seasonal migrant workers may come from a more automated H-2A visa process, planned for next year’s growing season. But this does not help dairy farmers, who need year-round workers.
A new bill to create such a program—the Ag and Legal Workforce Act—was released by the House of Representatives in July. The bill proposes a new H-2C program that would allow for both seasonal and year-round employees and increase the number of visas available.
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