The Department of Labor is expected to publish a final rule on May 29 announcing the suspension of the H-2A Final Rule published on Dec. 18, 2008, and in effect as of Jan. 17, the National Council of Agricultural Employers said May 28.

“Suspension of the new rules, at this late stage, will be confusing and could damage or disrupt family farms, depending on H-2A workers,” said Frank Gasperini, executive vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Council of Agricultural Employers, in a member communication.

Gasperini said production costs — particularly wage rates — would go up due to the federal action.