Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers| site |

(August 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Depatment of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

(Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today met with a host of Ministers from Guatemala to discuss implementation of the recently signed agreement between the United States and Guatemala to improve H-2A visa program operations. Following the meeting, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“America’s farmers and ranchers need a legal and reliable agricultural work force, and we are eager to help our producers take advantage of this great opportunity to add a qualified pool of workers to the H-2A visa program. This critical partnership with Guatemala will benefit both our nations and will improve the H-2A visa program in the future.”

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with the Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture and Labor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. USDA photo by Tom Witham.

Officials from Guatemala that were present for the meeting included Guatemalan Minister of Governance Enrique Antonio Degenhart Asturias, Guatemalan Minister of Labor Gabriel Vladimir Aguilera Bolaños, Guatemalan Minister of Economy Acisclo Valladares Urruela, Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture Mario Méndez Cobar and Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of America Manuel Alfredo Espina Pinto.