Boone Christmas tree farmer Harry Yates testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture in an October hearing to review the labor needs of farmers. Yates offered his insights into the federal H-2A worker visa program, in which he has participated for 10 years.
Yates testified that he decided to try the H-2A program because of his difficulty finding legal labor. But he quickly found the program placed him at a “serious competitive disadvantage” because it is “too expensive, too litigious and too burdened with regulations.”
He concluded, “Agriculture, our nation’s food supply and in fact the very security of our nation depend on Congress getting this right.”