U.S. agriculture produces a wide array of perishable products from meat to milk to fresh fruits and vegetables. Each sector has unique requirements for knowledgeable and skilled workers who can harvest, package and ship the end products in a timely and efficient manner. In order to meet their labor needs, each of these industries relies on a workforce of domestic and foreign workers.
Few U.S.-born workers seek employment in the sector; over 80% of hired farm workers are foreign-born. A majority are believed to lack proper employment authorization. Between two and four percent enter as temporary workers under an existing agricultural worker program
Unfortunately, that program has become increasingly difficult for producers to navigate in order to supply their operations with the supplemental labor they need. NASDA works to find solutions to help meet the labor needs of U.S. agriculture producers, and to ensure a stable and legal workforce for the future.