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Why are South Africans sought after for agriculture work here in the US?

Updated: Sep 8, 2023


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South Africans are sought after for agriculture work in the United States under the H2-A work visa program for several reasons. Firstly, South Africans have a reputation for being hard-working, reliable, and skilled in agriculture work. Many South Africans come from rural areas and have experience working in the agricultural sector, which can make them attractive candidates for employers in the United States.

Secondly, the timing of the growing season in South Africa aligns well with the needs of many agricultural employers in the United States. Since South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere, their growing season is opposite to that of the United States, which allows South African workers to come to the United States during the peak growing season and return to South Africa before their own growing season begins.

Thirdly, because South African’s are familiar with the some of the same major agriculture machinery brands like John Deere, Mahindra, Kubota, Agco Construction, and New Holland, it allows for a better opportunity to source experienced equipment operators.


Lastly, there is a shortage of domestic workers in the United States who are willing to perform agricultural work, particularly during peak growing seasons. The H2-A visa program provides a way for agricultural employers in the United States to bring in temporary foreign workers, including South Africans, to fill these positions. The program ensures that these workers are paid fairly and are provided with safe working conditions, while also providing agricultural employers to the United States employers.


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