- Program-Specific Requirements for Wagner-Peyser Program (Employment Services)
All Program-Specific Requirements provided for the WIOA core programs in this section must be addressed for either a Unified or Combined State Plan.
- e. Agricultural Outreach Plan (AOP). Each State agency must develop an AOP every four years as part of the Unified or Combined State Plan required under sections 102 or 103 of WIOA. The AOP must include an assessment of need. An assessment need describes the unique needs of farmworkers in the area based on past and projected agricultural and farmworker activity in the State. Such needs may include but are not limited to: employment, training, and housing.
e. 3. An assessment of the unique needs of farmworkers means summarizing Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) characteristics (including if they are predominantly from certain countries, what language(s) they speak, the approximate number of MSFWs in the State during peak season and during low season, and whether they tend to be migrant, seasonal, or year-round farmworkers). This information must take into account data supplied by WIOA Section 167 National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) grantees, other MSFW organizations, employer organizations, and State and/or Federal agency data sources such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration
Assessment of the Unique Needs of Farmworkers
Based on local MSFW-related data and reports, there were an estimated 247,678 MSFWs in Florida during Program Year (PY) 2018. During the low season, this number may drop to fewer than 100,000.
MSFWs need affordable housing that is not substandard, access to public transportation, health insurance coverage and safer working conditions.
As of December 2018, the volume of fruit harvested continued to run behind the prior season on all varieties. Packinghouses were open and running field-run oranges and grapefruit packinghouse eliminations. Grove caretakers continued with normal spray programs, fertilizing, applying herbicide, hedging and taking care of young trees.