The USDA announced Monday that it has made several changes to features on its Farmers.gov website to “help facilitate” employment of temporary agricultural workers.
The features include a dashboard allowing farmers to track the status of their eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary nonimmigrant workers. The site also has streamlined its login information, granted access to the Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway, allowed farmers to track temporary labor certification applications and given online access to all application forms.
“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,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a release. “USDA’s goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program that is administered by Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department so hiring a farmworker is an easier process.”
Interested in more coverage and insights? Receive a free month of Agri-Pulse West.
USDA released its updated website in 2018, with mobile capabilities and a portal for customers to “apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts.”
For more news, go to www.agri-pulse.com.