Florida farmers push back against new H-2A rule

Florida farmers and ag groups are taking the new H-2A rule to court, filing a lawsuit to block the recent adverse effect wage rate. They say it will improperly drive up wages that farmers are forced to pay and conflicts with federal law.

In the lawsuit the plaintiffs wrote, “Either the farms will be able to pass along these costs to consumers, exacerbating historically high inflation at the grocery store, or what is more likely, they will not be able to pass through these costs and will be forced out of business within the coming weeks.”

Florida Citrus Mutual, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and Florida Growers Association were among the groups who filed.

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