Local Motion: H-2A Visa Program

Aug 20, 2019

Credit Laura Elizabeth
Farmers on the Western Slope often struggle to find enough workers. More and more of them are turning to hiring foreign farmhands through a federal program, H-2A. This program provides a legal way for workers to come to the U.S., earn money on farms, and return home. KVNF's Kori Stanton talks to H-2A agent, Kim Noland from Palisade, CO to get a better understanding of the program, how farmers can apply and how she assists farmers and foreign workers through the entire process. Stanton also speaks with Chair of the Colorado Agricultural Commison, Brant Harrison who is the owner of the family farm, Kokopelli Farms. We also hear from Ruben who is a 24 year old guest worker from Mexico who had the opportunity to come and work in the U.S. and to be able to provide for his family back home in Mexico. Special thanks to Stephania Vasconez for helping translate during our interview with Ruben.