New Farmers.gov Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers
July 30, 2020
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced new features on the Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers.
"My mission from the beginning of my time as Secretary was to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government -- these changes to Farmers.gov are doing just that. USDA's goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program that is administered by Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department so hiring a farm worker is an easier process," said Secretary Perdue. "President Trump knows how essential these workers are to our farmers and America's food supply chain. We will continue working to streamline these and other processes to better serve our customers across the country."
The primary new H-2A features on Farmers.gov include a real-time dashboard that enables farmers to track the status of their eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary nonimmigrant workers; streamlining the login information so if a farmer has an existing login.gov account they can save multiple applications tracking numbers for quick look-up at any time; enables easy access to the Department of Labor's (DOL) Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG); and allows farmers to track time-sensitive actions taken in the course of Office of Foreign Labor Certification's (OFLC) adjudication of temporary labor certification applications.
All information can be found at www.farmers.gov/manage/h2a. Perdue unveiled farmers.gov in 2018.