University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Labor Education

For many years, labor on Kentucky tobacco farms came from family and friends.  For a variety of reasons, the labor situation has changed in recent years.  While some farmers are still able to fulfill their labor needs with family members, friends and in some cases local high school and college students, many have looked to other labor sources. 


The labor related links below are designed to assist farmers seeking information about hiring workers, whether they are H-2a or domestic workers, or if you are working with a certified farm labor contractor.  If there is information not available on this website that you think should be, please send an email to


Select one of the Topic Areas Below:

H-2a Related Information

Agricultural Employer/Labor Information, Kentucky Level

Agricultural Employer Information, Federal Level

U.S. Department of Labor Publications