Over the past few weeks, there have been delays in the processing of H-2A visa applicants through the State Department. This is due to a system-wide glitch related to software updates that were made and has impacted U.S. visa processing globally.

Western Growers has been working with congressional offices to encourage both quick resolution of this issue and to ask for assistance on expediting H-2A applications. While there may be temporary unavoidable delays in getting H-2A visas processed, there may be opportunity to address concerns on a case-by-case fashion.

Ken Barbic

Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia


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