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Penn State Extension Offering Web-Based Seminar on Ag H-2A Visa Program


April 30, 2020

The Penn State Extension will present a townhall-style web-based seminar May 7 to assist Pennsylvania agricultural stakeholders who rely on the H-2A visa program for temporary workers to operate their businesses.

The session, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., will cover COVID-19 mitigation efforts, such as international travel restrictions and consulate closures, that have disrupted the normal functioning of the H-2A visa program. These disruptions to the H-2A program raise questions about the timely arrival of guest workers and the impact on essential food and agricultural businesses.

Extension encourages those who use the visa program to sign up for the webinar and also to send questions in advance.

Please submit questions to extension educators Benjamin Bartley, [email protected] (English), and Maria Gorgo [email protected] (Spanish).

To register for this webinar, go to:

Guest speakers include Richard Stup, agricultural workforce specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension; Brook Duer, staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law; Grant Meckley, Pennsylvania Keystone Health’s Agricultural Worker Program; Scott Sheely, executive director of the Lancaster County Agriculture Council; and Alyssa Charney, agriculture legislative assistant from Sen. Robert Casey’s office. Casey serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee.


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