Welcome to CITA!
The agricultural industry in America began with humble beginnings in the hands of our founding fathers. It remains as the foundational industry upon which America relies to feed her and so many others around the world.
The abundance, availability and security of this wonderful resource are being threatened by several things, not the least of which is a shortage of a sufficient supply of willing and able workers. Americans are not choosing this challenging physical and financial environment to come out to plant, nurture and harvest our bountiful crops.
Lack and worry so often brings strife. All three are present within the circle of America’s agricultural stakeholders. Economic, political and relational strife, touching every American who cares about people here and in developing nations, worker rights, immigration policy, food security, quality and the global future of our nation’s first industry. It shouldn’t be so. There are solutions attainable in this and for future generations.
C.I.T.A.s response is a work of reconciliation, primarily between three groups of concerned citizens. Farm workers, their employers, the advocates and governments committed to care for us all.
Our major line of concern is, however, reconciliation between Americans and those who come to serve our nation, to do the work we will not or cannot do. To help Americans find work in agriculture, and to curtail the inevitable shortages when they occur by bringing in willing and able, screened, trained and faithful workers from other less fortunate nations, so all may prosper.
Users and supporters of this unique system are actually helping curb illegal migration. We are actually contributing to the reinvestment of worker earnings into their home communities. We are curtailing the ‘need’ for workers to overstay visas, even monitoring and ensuring they do not.
Workers organize themselves back home where their families remain, and send remittances back home to support their immediate and extended families. In addition to cement replacing dirt floors, new shoes and new opportunities to educate their children, businesses are started, hometown farms are revived, and the workers begin to support themselves in their native land. Those who cannot or should not come to this country can stay at home, not just to survive, but
THIS is the preferred agricultural recruitment system that benefits so many in sending and receiving countries. Nothing to fear, no personal agenda. Just an honest and loving effort to help farmers keep their family farms, domestic and guest workers keep their dignity; our advocacy system and government keep our nation moving forward in justice and with wisdom, so we all may prosper together.
We hope you will join us in these efforts.