- 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
During Program Year 2018 (July 1 2018 to June 30 2019), the Indiana SWA estimated about 39,314 MSFWs in the state; the majority of this population are migrants. The number of MSFWs that the state’s outreach program was able to locate through outreach efforts was 1,304. During peak planting and harvesting periods in the state, the population is estimated between 10,000 to 12,000 workers. During the off season, the MSFW population is at its lowest, between 600 to 800 workers. Predominantly, MSFWs are from Latin America, with an increasing number of Haitians from the Caribbean and Dominican Republic. MSFWs from these regions speak Spanish and Creole.