Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association
in reaction to the commitment made today by the Trump Administration, and Departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security to modernizing the H-2A visa program:
“United Fresh is pleased with today’s announcement by the Trump Administration and the Departments of State, Agriculture, Labor, and Homeland Security, regarding their commitment to address the critical challenges of the existing bureaucratic temporary agricultural labor programs. We look forward to continuing our work with the Administration to meet our industry’s need for adequate labor. The industry is highly dependent on our workforce so that we can meet increasing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables.
United Fresh has been in constant dialogue with Congress, the Administration and other stakeholders to convey that the fruit and vegetable industry needs a streamlined solution to our critical labor issues. We will continue to work to drive improvements to our current labor challenges through both legislation and regulatory solutions, with the goal of creating the best possible outcome for the fresh produce industry.”