AFBF and ag groups request ag labor be exempted from travel restrictions
The Farm Bureau joined 60 ag groups in requesting exemptions from travel restrictions for South Africa. The Biden administration has suspended travel from several countries, including South Africa, unless they are fully vaccinated with a CDC approved dose.
Ag groups sent a letter noting 7,000 farm workers come from South Africa every year, and American farmers count on them to arrive before the growing season.
The letter says, “Considering the severe supply chain disruptions taking place, losing access to key employees who originate from these countries because of travel restrictions would further limit agriculture’s ability to grow safe and nutritious food.”