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.