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A Bowman farmer and rancher has been barred from a federal farm worker visa program for wage violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor debarred Lambourn Farm from participation in the H-2A temporary visa program.

Three calls made by the Tribune to phone numbers listed for Lambourn Farm went unanswered Friday.

The department’s Wage and Hour Division found the farmer required employees to pay prohibited fees, failed to provide safe transportation and housing and owed two employees $1,159 in back wages.

The farmer has paid the back wages and $18,587 in civil monetary penalties and is barred from participating in the program for three years.

“Employers who don’t play by the rules may gain an unfair advantage over their competitors. Our enforcement protects American workers as well as the safety of temporary workers,” Betty Campbell, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division, said in a statement.

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Department processed 1,372 H-2A applications in North Dakota.

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Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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