Wash. farm labor group recruits workers in Mexico

Published On: Feb 05 2013 03:42:47 PM PST

A farm labor group in Washington state is planning a trip to Mexico to recruit seasonal farm workers to help farmers here harvest their crops this year.

The Washington Farm Labor Association aims to recruit about 3,000 workers at the job fair Monday in the border town of Nogales, Mexico. The goal is for those workers then to be accepted into the federal H-2A program for temporary agricultural workers.

Nearly 4,000 workers labored in Washington fields and warehouses last year through the program.

Felix Vargas of Pasco is a retired diplomat and former vice consul in Mexico who is now a volunteer senior adviser for the group. He told the Tri-City Herald for a story Tuesday that more than 5,000 prospective workers already have registered to attend the job fair.