At the request of the NTRA, TOC has added its name to the growing list of industry organizations supporting the Agricultural Guest Worker Act of 2018, which would streamline the current visa program for temporary agricultural workers. The legislation is sponsored by longtime friend of horseracing and breeding Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
Importantly, the proposed legislation also will provide an expanded definition of the type of workers who can be included in this H-2C visa to include Thoroughbred horse trainers, thus circumventing the existing H-2B mess that has many horse trainers scrambling for workers.
Also, this legislation moves the entire agriculture visa system out from under the Department of Labor and under the Department of Agriculture where there is greater sensitivity to the issues facing ag interests like horse breeding and racing.
For more detailed information, click here.