USDA Seeks Application Grant Reviewers for Farm Labor Pilot

November 16, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications submitted under the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP).

This competitive grant pilot program provides up to $65 million funding support to agricultural employers for implementing robust labor standards to promote a safe, healthy work environment for both U.S. workers and workers hired under the seasonal H-2A visa program.

The purpose of the FLSP program is to improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency by addressing challenges agricultural employers face with labor shortages and instability.

Prospective reviewers should have knowledge and expertise in:

  • On-farm operations and familiarity with agricultural business
  • Agricultural employment practices
  • Knowledge or direct experience of the H-2A program
  • Small/mid-size business development
  • Economic development in rural, hard-to-reach, or underserved populations or geographies
  • Employment and labor law
  • Immigration and experience working with migrant workers
  • Workplace issues facing farmworkers, such as health and safety protections, heat stress, pesticide safety, gender violence, migration patterns and challenges, discrimination, access to medical care, education, and housing, etc.
  • Cultural- and language-appropriate communication
  • Farmworker-led or worker-driven organizations
  • Retaliation protections for vulnerable populations
  • Experience using USDA programs; understanding of the systems and capacity necessary to manage a federal grant, including financial controls and data management practices.

Application reviews bring together diverse individuals to provide fair, expert and unbiased evaluations of FLSP grant proposals. Reviewers independently evaluate applications assigned to them and then meet virtually with other panel members to discuss findings and finalize reviews and scoring. Reviewing applications will take approximately six weeks.

Those interested in serving on a review panel should visit How to Become an FLSP Application Reviewer and apply to be an FLSP application reviewer.  Reviewer applications are due by Dec 4, 2023.

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