In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

George Minoru Tanimura, farming giant and family patriarch of the Tanimura family, passed away on April 15, 2016, at the age of 100. 

The eldest of twelve siblings, George was forced to shepherd his family through such events as the Great Depression and World War II following the death of his mother, and some years later, of his father. Though the family lost everything they had as a result of interment during World War II, through hard work and savings, George managed to slowly rebuild the family farming venture into one of the world’s largest lettuce operations.

Jeff Janas

With the possibility of additional H2A processing delays threatening farming operations in California, Arizona and elsewhere, WG board members flew to Washington, D.C. and met with representatives from the three federal agencies responsible for processing applications.

Board members used the opportunity to highlight the increasing usage of H-2A and why there is every expectation the program will only continue to grow in usage, particularly in places like California where it has historically had little use, now that there are no other alternatives.

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