Having an adequate workforce to plant and harvest crops is a top concern of Florida producers, and Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association's strength on labor issues is a key reason they join FFVA . FFVA leads the industry in providing agricultural labor services that can help employers find the workers they need.
FFVA is a founding member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, which serves as the unified voice of agriculture in the effort to ensure that America’s farmers, ranchers and growers have access to a stable and secure workforce. Despite political headwinds in Washington, D.C., FFVA will remain at the forefront in pushing for immigration reform that includes a solution for agriculture.
H-2A guest-worker visa program
Although the H-2A guest-worker visa program poses challenges, Florida growers increasingly rely on FFVA to help them access the program. FFVA filed 203 applications in 21 states for 14,890 workers in the 2018-2019 growing season. FFVA subsidiary company Florida East Coast Travel Services Inc., which also processes worker entry requirements and coordinates transportation, also processes thousands of H-2A farmworkers for the season as well as a few thousand H-2B non-agricultural workers.
Agricultural Labor Relations Forum
Through the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation’s annual Agricultural Labor Relations Forum, employers attend workshops addressing important labor issues. Sessions offer valuable insights on workers' compensation, I-9 audits, transportation regulations, the H-2A guest-worker program and more.
The division also regularly assists employers with compliance with the wide-ranging labor laws that affect agriculture: MSPA, OSHA, FLSA, IRCA and others, as well with general assistance on farm labor issues such as training and housing.
For more information about FFVA's Labor Relations Division, call 321-214-5200 or send an e-mail. For information on the H-2A program, email us or call 321-214-5200.
For details about FLECTS, call 305-823-1146 or contact by email.