The primary function of Agriculture Workforce Management Association, Inc. (AWMA) is to provide guidance to its stockholder employers who wish to apply for temporary alien agricultural labor certification for the purpose of employing H2A workers on a temporary or seasonal basis.
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H-2A Employers Gain Access to Section 514 Housing Loans
In the FY18 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1625 – generally referred to as the “Omni” or “Omnibus”), passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2018, includes a provision permanently changing the statutory language governing the Section 514 farm labor housing loan program. Section 514 housing loans are administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and offer low-interest loans (1% fixed interest rate) for periods up to 33 years, available to purchase or upgrade farm labor housing. Previously, employers of H-2A employees were specifically excluded from participating in the program, but this change adds permanent language to the statute expanding eligibility from U.S. citizens and green card holders to now cover housing for “a person legally admitted to the United States and authorized to work in agriculture.”
More information about the Section 514 program is available from USDA:
Important Dates for H-2A Applications
We need your application 75 days (2 1/2 Months) prior to your date of need.
If you need workers by January 1, we need your application no later than October 15.
If you need workers by January 15, we need your application no later than November 1.
If you need workers by February 1, we need your application no later than November 15.
If you need workers by February 15, we need your application no later than December 1.
If you need workers by March 1, we need your application no later than December 15.
If you need workers by March 15, we need your application no later than January 1.
If you need workers by April 1, we need your application no later than January 15.
If you need workers by April 15, we need your application no later than February 1.
Save The Date!!
H-2A Labor Conference
AWMA will again be hosting a one day H-2A labor conference on Thursday, January 31, 2019. This year the training session will be at the Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, in Lexington, KY. You won’t want to miss this session!