Penn State Town Hall: H-2A Visa Ag Workers in Uncertain Times
May 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn State Extension Town hall-style webinar tofocus on H-2A visa ag workers in uncertain times
Webinar attendees are encouraged to send their questionsbeforehand. General workforce concerns will also be addressed.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension will presenta townhall-style web-based seminar May 7 to assist Pennsylvaniaagricultural stakeholders who rely on the H-2A visa program fortemporary workers to operate their businesses.
The session, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will cover COVID-19 mitigationefforts, such as international travel restrictions and consulate closures, thathave disrupted the normal functioning of the H-2A visa program. Thesedisruptions to the H-2A program raise questions about the timely arrival ofguest workers and the impact on essential food and agricultural businesses.
The webinar also will address the dangers of COVID-19 itself,which raises similar questions around how to protect the health and well-beingof these visa holders.
The first half of the program will feature guest speakers who willtalk about the implications of the new H-2A temporary rule change, discussingimpacts on how the program interfaces with state agencies; what growers areexperiencing related to travel logistics and visa processing of their guestworkers; steps that employers should take to protect employee health; whathealth programs are available to farm workers in Pennsylvania; how immigrantfarm communities are experiencing the pandemic; and what legislative fixes areeither in the pipeline or should be considered.
The second half of the webinar will be reserved for aquestion-and-answer period with the guest speakers, and webinar attendees areencouraged to send their questions beforehand. They also will be able to asktheir questions in a live chat with the panelists during the webinar.
Guest speakersinclude Richard Stup, agricultural workforce specialist at CornellCooperative Extension; Brook Duer, staff attorney at the Penn State Center forAgricultural and Shale Law; Grant Meckley, Pennsylvania Keystone Health’sAgricultural Worker Program; Scott Sheely, executive director of theLancaster County Agriculture Council; and Alyssa Charney, agriculturelegislative assistant from Sen. Robert Casey’s office. Casey serves on theSenate Agriculture Committee.
Please submit questions toextension educators Benjamin Bartley, firstname.lastname@example.org (English),and Maria Gorgo email@example.com (Spanish).
Toregister for this webinar, go to: https://extension.psu.edu/h-2a-agricultural-workers-in-times-of-uncertainty-webinar-pr