Farmers say they need seasonal migrant workers


Tom Schultz, director of the Idaho Department of Lands, told a legislative interim committee that investments from the endowment lands produced a record return in fiscal year 2014.

The H-2A visa program for seasonal workers takes too long, according to some farmers in Idaho. In a story in the Idaho Statesman, Idaho farmers are expressing concern over the program and how long it takes for approval, which they say hurts their business.

With a lot of talk in recent years about illegally hiring migrants, H-2A provides a route that legally hires temporary migrant workers. But, the process is complicated, loaded with lots of paperwork and takes too long, according to those who use it.

One sheep rancher said she and her husband filed paperwork in July, but weren’t provided with workers until February.

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