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Immigration Law

H-2A News (USDA FLS Report)

DOL, Nov. 24, 2021

"On November 24, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the Farm Labor Survey (FLS) report in which it established the average annual wage rates, by region and the United States, for field and livestock workers. The Department of Labor (Department) relies on the average annual combined hourly wage for field and livestock workers in order to establish the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) in the H-2A program. The AEWRs are the minimum hourly wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment, so that the wages of workers similarly employed in the United States will not be adversely affected.

The Department is reviewing the USDA FLS average annual wage rates for 2022 and will soon publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing new AEWRs for each state. To obtain more information on the National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) surveys and reports, please call the NASS Agricultural Statistics Hotline at (800) 727-9540, 7:30 a.m. EST to 4:00 p.m. EST, or email nass@usda.gov.  View the latest USDA FLS report"