H-2A numbers increased dramatically in the past decade and the trend will continue

The number of workers authorized for H-2A visas is up over the last decade, and economists say that pattern is likely to continue.

Labor Department numbers show 378,000 H-2A workers were granted temporary ag positions. Back in 2012, it was much less with around 100,000. Economists with FarmerMac say they expect that number to grow as long as the pressure remains on the labor markets.

H-2A farm labor is used heavily in fruit and vegetable states like California and Florida. Iowa tops the list in the central U.S. with Minnesota and North Dakota right behind.

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