AGRIBUSINESS: Groups Agree On Framework For Farm Worker Program

Late last week, a group of Senators, labor unions and farm groups reached an agreement on a framework for a farm worker program that would be included as part of a bigger immigration reform package.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein said the bipartisan agreement resolves key issues for agricultural workers, including wage levels, guest worker visas and protections for U.S. workers.

Details are still being worked out but the agreement does include a farm worker program that would replace the H-2A program and a path to legal status for undocumented workers. Wages for workers would be determined by a formula and would increase each year with a cap and a floor. The agreement would set a cap of 112,000 three-year visas per year.