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The H-2A Visa Program: Addressing Farm Labor Scarcity in North Carolina

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In the summer issue of the NC State Economist, Alejandro Gutierrez-Li discusses labor scarcity and how the H-2A guest worker program seeks to address it. Gutierrez-Li offers a look at the causes of the current labor shortage and the threat it poses to North Carolina’s top commodities. He also provides a historical look at the H-2A program’s growth, its structure, and its important role in addressing the likely farm labor scarcity in the years ahead.

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