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Other MSFW-Related Federal Programs

U.S. Department of Labor

  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Monitor Advocate System Monitor Advocates at the National, Regional, and State levels help to ensure that the services provided to Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the services provided to other jobseekers. This means that MSFWs should receive all workforce development services, benefits and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis (i.e. career guidance, testing, job development, training, and job referral).
  • The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is an employment-based, random survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of the U.S. crop labor force. The information is obtained directly from farm workers through face-to-face interviews. Since 1988, when the survey began, over 53,000 workers have been interviewed.
  • The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature.
  • The Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering a number of statutes that extend various protections to different types of agricultural workers, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, standards related to the H-2A visa program, and the Field Sanitation Provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "Agricultural Operations" section provides a collection of information and resources for farmworkers and agricultural employers.

U.S. Department of Education

  • U.S. Department of Education Migrant and Season Farmworkers Program- The program is administered in coordination with other programs serving migrant agricultural workers and seasonal farm workers, including programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), Sec. 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (29 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and theWorkforce Investment Act of 1998. The program provides grants for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, which include vocational evaluation, counseling, mental and physical restoration, vocational training, work adjustment, job placement, and postemployment services, available to migrant or seasonal farmworkers with disabilities.
  • The mission of the Office of Migrant Education (OME) is to provide excellent leadership, technical assistance, and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, fishers, and their families. The OME administers grant programs that provide academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural and fishing industries. The OME also administers several contracts and special initiatives.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • USDA Rural Development - Housing and Community Assistance As a part of USDA Rural Development, our mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Housing and Community Facilities Programs helps rural communities and individuals by providing loans and grants for housing and community facilities. We provide funding for single family homes, apartments for low-income persons or the elderly, housing for farm laborers, childcare centers, fire and police stations, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, schools, and much more.
  • The Mission of USDA's Farmworker Coordination Program is to identify the challenges faced by farmworkers and coordinate the community's needs with USDA resources. As well as, ensure training and support for farmworkers to advance into other agricultural fields
  • The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) - OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

U.S. Department of Justice

This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) document abuse (unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, Form I-9, process, and 4) retaliation or intimidation.

Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA's Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for Agricultural Pesticides is a regulation aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS offers protections to approximately 2.5 million agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people who mix, load, or apply pesticides) that work at over 600,000 agricultural establishments. The WPS contains requirements for pesticide safety training, notification of pesticide applications, use of personal protective equipment, restricted-entry intervals after pesticide application, decontamination supplies, and emergency medical assistance.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • The CDC lists workplace safety and health topics by industry and occupation and includes resources for the Agriculture Industry.