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NCAE Press Release on Bipartisan Cuellar-Newhouse Amendment

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2018

Contact: Michael Marsh, President and CEO

NCAE Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Newhouse/Cuellar Amendment Improving H-2A Program for Non-Seasonal Agricultural Employers

WASHINGTON, DC – “The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) applauds the bipartisan effort of Congressmen Dan Newhouse (R-4th/WA) and Henry Cuellar (D-28th/TX) in extending the H-2A agricultural guest worker visa program to year-round employees on American farms and ranches. Their amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill would allow agricultural employers to utilize the H-2A visa program to hire foreign workers for non-seasonal work.”

“Historically, statutory restrictions prevented agricultural employers in year-round businesses from taking full advantage of the program. It was very problematic for dairy producers, mushroom farmers, greenhouse operators and the like to use the H-2A visa program because those agribusinesses operate 24/7, 365 days per year-there is no season.”

NCAE’s President and CEO Michael Marsh noted, “I am especially excited about the opportunity this amendment represents for my friends in these non-seasonal agribusinesses. Having worked in the dairy industry for 15 years, I understand how critically important it is for farmers and ranchers to access a legal workforce ready, able and willing to perform these tough jobs not filled by US workers. The amendment will not eliminate any existing worker protections. Employers will still hire all available US workers.”

“It is particularly timely that NCAE’s 5th Annual Ag Labor Forum in Las Vegas from November 28-30 will offer an H-2A 101 course for farmers and ranchers unfamiliar with the program. Immigration attorneys specializing in H-2A issues, H-2A agents, H-2A employers, and federal experts from the US Departments of Labor, Homeland Security and State will be sharing their expertise with attendees. These talented individuals are seasoned in assisting agricultural employers navigating the waters of this program while keeping compliance at the forefront.”

“Again, NCAE thanks Congressmen Newhouse and Cuellar for being champions for US agriculture.”


The National Council of Agricultural (NCAE) is the national trade association focusing exclusively on agricultural labor issues from the employer’s viewpoint. Established in 1964, NCAE members are farmers and ranchers involved with labor intensive agricultural production, associations and others whose business interests revolve around agricultural employer issues. NCAE advocates legislation, regulation and federal policies to keep American agricultural employers ethically and economically viable and sustainable in the global marketplace.


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