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"
Application Documents, U.S. Referrals, and the Newsletters links are password protected.
If you are a member of our association, please give us a call and we will be glad to give you the password.
Important Dates for H-2A Applications
We need your application 75 days (2 1/2 Months)
prior to your date of need with payment.
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.
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.
If you need workers by June 1, we need your application no later than March 15.
If you need workers by June 15, we need your application no later than April 1.
(We can't accept faxed documents - We must have originals signed in ink!)
H-2A Labor Conference
AWMA will 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. The session will start at 10 am eastern time and end by 3pm eastern. Lunch Served!
The New Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) became effective Wednesday, January 9, 2019. If you still have workers on your farm, you must start paying the new rate as of January 9. Any new H-2A contracts will use the new hourly pay rates. Our national partner, NCAE, is still trying to get an injunction to stop this increase, but as of this writing that hasn't happened. Should the injunction be successful, we will let you know.
KY, TN, WV - $11.63
OK, TX - $12.23
AR, LA, MS - $11.33
IL, IN, OH - $13.26
IA, MO - $13.34
CO, NV, UT - $13.13
DE, MD, NJ, PA - $13.15
A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., has set a January 28, 2019, hearing on arguments about a preliminary injunction to halt increases in the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for the H-2A guestworker program that took effect on January 9, 2019.
Judge Timothy J. Kelly will hear arguments at 2 p.m. on January 28, 2019. Judge Kelly could act that day or he could delay his decision. We will give you an update as soon as we know something.