H-2B guest worker program addressed on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers hear about labor needs of agriculture in the South. Are urged to consider impact of lack of labor on agricultural operations.

On May 6, Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, traveled to our nation’s capitol to testify at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship who were examining impacts of federal labor and safety laws on small seafood operations.

At issue is the U.S. Department of Labor recent policy changes for the H-2B guest worker program which is used to fill labor needs for seasonal businesses like seafood processors. The changes are impacting Louisiana’s crawfish industry significantly as employers are unable to hire enough seasonal workers.

Read Strain's testimony here.


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