July 5, 2021
Campaign underscores importance of having foreign-born workers in US pork sector
A recent National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) campaign highlights the important role of foreign-born workers across the US pork industry and the critical need for comprehensive labor reform to address a labor shortage.
Called "Year-Round Pork Needs Year-Round Workers," the campaign features the stories of four foreign-born workers and their employers, revealing the essential contributions of these workers and the opportunities created by a position in the US pork industry.
NPPC is also urging the US Congress to address labor reform that both opens the H-2A visa programme to year-round labor without a cap and grants legal status to agricultural workers already in the United States.
"The US pork industry is highly dependent on foreign-born workers who make tremendous contributions in their jobs and communities," said NPPC president Jen Sorenson, communications director of Iowa Select Farms. "Unfortunately, current visa programmes don’t provide access to enough workers to meet our labor needs on farms and in plants."
US pork producers offer jobs with good pay and benefits, but most US citizens do not live near hog farms or harvest facilities.
Additionally, the country's rural populations continue to decline, causing the US pork industry to be largely dependent on foreign-born workers.
- The Pig Site