H-2A Continues to Expand
The H-2A program allows US farm employers to fill seasonal jobs with H-2A guest workers after they try and fail to recruit US workers at DOL-specified wages. DOL must also determine that the presence of the H-2A workers will not adversely affect US workers.
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Record Border Apprehensions
A record 1.66 million foreigners were apprehended just inside the US border with Mexico in FY21, including 608,000 Mexicans, 309,000 Hondurans, 279,000 Guatemalans, 96,000 Salvadorans, and 367,000 other foreigners such as Haitians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorans, Cubans, and Brazilians. Apprehensions include persons encountered between ports of entry and those detected at ports of entry using false documents or concealed in vehicles.
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Washington: $10 billion farm sales in 2017
Washington’s 36,000 farms reported sales of $9.6 billion in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Most farms are small; 30,000 had sales of less than $100,000 in 2020, while 1,450 farms each had sales of $1 million or more.
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Pennsylvania Agriculture and Labor
Pennsylvania had almost 53,000 farms in 2019, including 1,325 or 2.5 percent that had sales of $1 million or more. Over 10 percent of the state’s farms are in Lancaster county, including almost a quarter of the state’s 6,900 dairies, 10 percent of the state’s 23,000 cattle farms, and a seventh of the state’s 11,000 poultry farms.
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Strawberries: Growth and Labor
Few agricultural commodities can match the success of fresh berries. The four major berries, blackberries with a US farm value of $30 million in 2019, blueberries $900 million, red raspberries $450 million, and strawberries, $2.5 billion, generated revenue of almost $4 billion.
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