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H-2A workers important in Upper Midwest aglabor

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The COVID-19 is helping underline the dependence of America on

foreign-born or temporary guest laborers from other countries.

Diane Charlton, a Montana State University labor researcher with the Department of Agricultural

Economics and Economics, says that prior to the pandemic, in 2019 about 10% of agricultural

production workers in the U.S. were working on H-2A guest worker visas.

Charlton says some of the interview requirements for the H-2A have been loosened because of the pandemic.

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