June 14, 2024

USDA Allocates $50 Million to Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the USDA is distributing $50 million through the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP Program) to 141 recipients in 40 states and Puerto Rico. This funding will aid 177 agricultural operations and over 11,000 workers, bolstering the U.S. food supply chain by addressing labor shortages and instability, enhancing farmworker protections, and expanding legal labor migration pathways. 

“These grants will primarily support small and mid-sized farms, helping them to hire and retain essential workers to stay competitive while uplifting rural communities,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmworkers are crucial to our food and agriculture sectors, ensuring we have food on our tables daily. Improving their working conditions and quality of life, for both domestic and migrant workers, is a vital step in building a more resilient food supply chain. The FLSP Program highlights the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to supporting both employers and farmworkers.” 

FLSP Program Highlights 

  • Support for Smaller Farms: The program aims to assist small and mid-sized farms in maintaining a stable workforce. 
  • Better Working Conditions: The grants will fund initiatives to create safer and healthier environments for farmworkers. 
  • Ethical Recruitment: Emphasizing fair and ethical recruitment practices to protect farmworker rights. 
  • Legal Migration Pathways: Expanding legal migration options, including the H-2A visa program for workers from Northern Central America. 

Launched in September 2023, the FLSP Program was crafted with input from various stakeholders, including Western Growers, and allied associations, farmworkers and farmers.  

Click here for more details and the complete list of awardees.