USDA Launches New Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

New features on the website will help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers. The Department of Agriculture announced the new features Monday, which includes a real-time dashboard that enables farmers to track the status of their eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary nonimmigrant workers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA’s goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program administered by the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department. The changes aim to make hiring a farmworker an easier process for farmers to navigate. The changes also include a streamlined login process and enables easy access to the Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway. Additionally, the changes allow farmers to track time-sensitive actions and allows for farmers to access all application forms online. Secretary Perdue says, “We will continue working to streamline these and other processes to better serve our customers across the country.”