In the United States, temporary foreign workers are admitted to the country under the H-2A visa program. California, which is home to almost 70 per cent of U.S. fruit and vegetable production, will mandate the highest wage rate of all:  $17.51 per hour. 

Kam Quarles, CEO of National Potato Council, Washington, DC

Kam Quarles, the CEO of the Washington-based National Potato Council has published an opinion editorial titled:  Simple questions about devastating disease require transparent answers. It’s an American perspective of the Canadian ban on PEI exports of potatoes to the U.S. due to discovery of potato wart. 

The United States Labour Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers in the last fiscal year, a figure that’s up 15 per cent from the previous year. That’s an all-time record with Florida, Georgia and California farmers being the heaviest users of the program. 

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