The challenge to meet tobacco's labor requirements by domestic sources has prompted tobacco growers to seek a foreign source of labor through the H-2A program. The H-2A program is the only legally sanctioned program allowing farm employers to bring foreign workers into the country to perform seasonal and temporary agricultural work. The article profiles H-2A program participants in major tobacco growing states. The results will help Extension personnel better understand their constituents' labor needs and inform the design of specific Extension programs and workshops in farm labor management, labor laws and regulations as well as labor cost-saving measures.
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Starnes, J. H., Feleke, S. T., Schaffer, H. D., & Tiller, K. J. (2012). Profiling H-2A Program Participants in Tobacco Farming: Implications for Extension. The Journal of Extension, 50(6), Article 23. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss6/23