Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Outreach Program

In the fields and beyond, proudly serving California's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and Agricultural Employers.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is committed to working with California's agricultural employers and farmworkers by managing the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MFSW) Outreach Program. Through this program, specialized staff are located in offices that serve all regions of the state to help agricultural employers find skilled and qualified workers in a timely manner while also helping workers connect with employers and community resources. In 2019 the estimated total number of agricultural jobs was 421,000 which accounts to approximately 758,000 farmworkers.

EDD has 32 significant AJCC offices, defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as offices where at least 10 perfect of its customers are MSFWs. Each significant office employs full-time, year-round, bilingual staff to conduct outreach to MSFWs.

In addition, the EDD assists with the federal Foreign Labor Certification H-2A Program, which allows agricultural employers to bring foreign workers temporarily, when not enough qualified U.S. workers are available.

Services for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

  • Referrals to local supportive services such as low-cost medical services, housing, utility assistance, food banks, and childcare services.
  • Assistance with filing Employment Services and Employment Related Law Complaints.
  • General information about Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave.
  • Information about work and training opportunities through the EDD and community partners and CalJOBSSM support for employers and job seekers.
  • Access to computers, printers, scanners, copiers, and multilingual assistance where available.

You can review a summary of employment services for MSFWs and employers in the Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Outreach Program Brochure (DE 6073) (PDF).

Services for Agricultural Employers

  • Assistance posting jobs in the Agricultural Recruitment System at the AJCCs.
  • Employer recruitment events and job fairs.
  • Labor Market Information data such as: supply and demand, wages, and emerging occupations.
  • General information regarding agricultural labor, health, and safety laws.

Monitor Advocate Office

  • The Monitor Advocate Office (MAO) monitors the MSFW Outreach Program’s compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • The MAO collaborates with federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies to provide protection to farmworkers.
  • Oversee the Job Service and Work Related Complaint system and ensures complaints are processed promptly and accurately.

Contact Us

For questions and additional information, contact your nearest America’s Job Center of California or call toll-free at 1-877-872-5627 (TTY 1-877-889-5627).

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Last Revised: 08/26/2021

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