A Needed Change of Venue
 A Message from our Executive Director

 

Hello Friends:
  



From the earliest weeks and months of the coronavirus pandemic, the NWA has strived to keep our members’ safety top-of-mind while we navigate through the unknowns of COVID-19.  Keeping our members safe when we gather is paramount to our efforts, and that assurance will continue. 
 


Following a series of reviews with numerous professionals, a legal review of the New York City vaccine mandate, and a one-day member survey with an overwhelming majority ‘unwilling’ to go to NYC, it became perfectly clear that we had to take action. 

The city-wide mandate will not allow over half of our attendees to access the convention space, which required us to seek a new location outside of New York City.  While this move may disappoint some of our members, it is necessary and prudent to allow the NWA to be able to hold a ‘complete’ convention with access to all.     



 

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El Salvador and the H2-A Program

The country of El Salvador is interested in expanding its worker base through the H2-A Program.  The attached brochure and visa program out line some of the pertinent details.

Brochure


Visa Program

 

Biden Administration Plan Would Protect Immigrants From Deportation if They Report Employer Abuses

The Biden administration is considering options to offer deportation protections to immigrants working in the country without authorization if they report an abusive employer. The idea is included in an internal memo Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sent to acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tae Johnson Tuesday morning, outlining the administration’s goal of pursuing employers who hire immigrants without authorization to work, rather than the employees themselves. The memo asks Mr. Johnson, along with the heads of Customs and Border Protection and Citizenship and Immigration Services, to develop policy options in the next 60 days to carry out that change in enforcement priorities.

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USDA Introduces New Insurance Policy for Farmers Who Sell Locally

USDA is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. 
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) created this new policy based on research directed by the 2018 Farm Bill, and it includes feedback from producers who grow for their local communities. The policy will be available beginning with the 2022 crop year.

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Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to specialty crop producers and processors, other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, and farmers markets to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID–19). This program is authorized and funded under  section 751 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260).

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