Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced July 27 new features on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers.
“My mission from the beginning of my time as secretary was to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government. These changes to Farmers.gov are doing just that,” Perdue said. “USDA’s goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program that is administered by the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department so hiring a farm worker is an easier process."
He added that President Donald Trump "knows how essential these workers are to our farmers and America’s food supply chain. We will continue working to streamline these and other processes to better serve our customers across the country.”
The primary new H-2A features on Farmers.gov include:
- A real-time dashboard that enables farmers to track the status of their eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary non-immigrant workers;
- Streamlining the login information so a farmer with an existing login.gov account can save the tracking numbers of multiple applications for a quick look-up at any time;
- Easy access to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway;
- Allowing farmers to track time-sensitive actions taken in the course of Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s adjudication of temporary labor certification applications, and
- Allowing farmers to access all application forms online.
In 2018, Perdue unveiled Farmers.gov as a mobile-friendly public website with an authenticated portal where customers can apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts. With feedback from customers and field employees who serve those customers, Farmers.gov offers farmer-focused features to deliver the greatest immediate value to America’s agricultural producers, thereby helping farmers and ranchers do right and feed everyone.