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.

"Owned and Managed by Agricultural Employers"
Important Dates for H-2A Applications

We need your application 75 days prior to your date of need.
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If you need workers by December 15, we need your application no later than October 1.

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 you 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 you application no later than February 1.

If you need workers by May 1, we need your application no later than February 15.

If you need workers by May 15, we need your application no later than March 1.
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AWMA Board Actions
AWMA Board of Directors has voted to give the shareholders a 10% refund on the processing fees that were paid in Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020. Also, the board voted to maintain the current H-2A processing fees. These fees are subject to change if any changes to the H-2A program are made.
AWMA Board Member Elections
AWMA Board of Directors has four (4) board member positions open of the five (5), effective at the end of year. Eric Blandford will be the only remaining board member and he has another year left on his term. If anyone else is interested in being a AWMA board member, please let us know by November 1. If you have questions about being an AWMA board member, please give us a call.
AWMA Office Move
We will be moving our offices to 1510 Newton Pike in Lexington, KY. Our plan is to move into our new offices around December 1, 2020. Our mailing address will be the following:
AWMA
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40511
All email addresses and phone numbers will not change!
Adverse Effect Wage Rate for 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) intends to suspend the October Agricultural Labor Survey. NASS will not collect data in October and therefore will not publish the biannual Farm Labor report in November. The hourly wage rate from this report has been used to set the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for the H-2A Program. Now the question is, what will determine the H-2A wages for next year? We will have to wait and see.
H-2A Application Reminders
Homeland Security continues to issue Request for Evidence (RFE) on H-2A employers that are LLCs or Incorporated businesses. This delays the approval of your application sometimes up to 3 weeks. The only way to reduce the risk of this from happening is for you to do the following.

The name and address on your application must be identical to what is listed with the Secretary of State, Dun & Bradstreet, & your Workers’ Comp Insurance. Also, if you maintain a hemp license, it must read the same as your H-2A application. Your crop locations on your hemp license must also be included in your H-2A application.