The Agricultural Connection is a collection of resources that have been developed by the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) and the Monitor Advocate System.
The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) - is nationally directed, locally administered program of services for eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs), including youth MSFWs, and their dependents, who encounter chronic unemployment and underemployment. The program partners with community organizations, State agencies, and State Monitor Advocates to provide services, including career services, training services, housing assistance services, youth services, and related assistance services, to farmworkers who depend primarily on jobs in agricultural labor performed across the country to obtain or retain unsubsidized employment, or stabilize their unsubsidized employment, including upgraded employment in agriculture.
The Monitor Advocate System was created in 1980 to ensure that farmworkers have equal access to the public workforce system. Historically disenfranchised, studies show that MSFWs continue to be discriminated against, suffer wage violations, unsanitary housing, and harsh working conditions. The network of Monitor Advocates at the state, regional, and national level oversee the delivery and monitoring of employment and training services to MSFWs, and ensure that MSFWs are provided services that are qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate to the services provided to all other workers.