FARMCORPS SEEKS TO PUT ARKANSANS TO WORK IN AGRICULTURE
22 May 2020
Arkansas’ farmers and ranchers keep grocery stores stocked across the nation and around the world, but many of those producers are facing a bare cupboard when it comes to workers. An already-tight labor market and COVID-19 related travel restrictions have sounded alarms from Wabbaseka to Washington D.C.
“So many farmers had been calling into the H-2A program, which we’re heavily reliant upon, which is effectively shut down as a result of the COVID-19 protocol,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (R., Dist. 1), referring to the federal mechanism which provides a legal channel for foreign migrant workers to provide temporary field hand support. “It’s put them in a bit of a crunch.”