More than 11 and a half thousand H-2A applications have been filed this year, up 11 percent from 2018. U.S. Secretary Sonny Perdue attended the annual NASDA meeting and chimed in on the labor shortage. He says,

We can't find enough domestic workers that want to work in the field of ag today. That's the sad state of affairs. We have to have a legal guest worker program. We want to talk about that in differentiation to illegal immigration program. These are not people coming into our country to become citizens, they are coming to work, and support their families through the economy of this country, much more than they can make in their own country. If they can come and go freely, know where they will be. I don't think those against immigration would mind them coming and providing a great service.

He says at some point in the future we are going to have to import our labor or import our food.