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Farmworker Shortage for California Vineyards

September 12, 2018

California, known for its agriculture and wine, faces a shortage of immigrant workers employed under the H-2A visa program. The current administration has made it more difficult for migrant workers under an H-2A visa to immigrate to the US, which in turn has made Californian vineyards more vulnerable to economic distress and competition. The program remains an essential component of these businesses’ operations, as the seasonal nature of the work is often less attractive to US-based workers than migrants.