Farm Labor 2019: Other Countries, California, Immigration

Migration Research Cluster

Event Date

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis Law School

This conference examines labor-related issues in California and US agriculture. Labor-intensive fruit and vegetable crops are almost 85 percent of California and 40 percent of US crop sales, farm worker employment has been increasing, and the state’s mostly unauthorized farm workers are aging and settling in one place with families that include US-born children.  
Three timely issues will be discussed. First, how do other countries obtain foreign workers to fill farm jobs? Second, how is California’s farm workforce changing as unauthorized migration slows and H-2A guest worker employment increases? Third, what are the effects of changing migration policies on agriculture and farm workers, and how do disputes between the federal and state government affect agriculture? 
The conference room tends to reach capacity; please take a moment to register so that we have an accurate count for breakfast and lunch. 
We are grateful for the support of the UC Ag Issues Center and the UCD Gifford Center and Migration Research Cluster, the Giannini, and Rosenberg foundations, and the ALRB.  For further information, contact Philip Martin, 
Registration ends March 29, 2019 by 12pm.



8:15 AM

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM


Philip Martin, UC Davis and Daniel Sumer, UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis

9:00 AM

Farm Labor in Australia, Canada, and Mexico
Chair: Philip Martin, UC Davis
    Australia, Nicola Piper and Stuart Rosewarne, Uni Sydney
    Canada, Mark Thompson, UBC
    Mexico, Agustin Escobar, CIESAS
    Discussants: Julian Alston, TIm Beatty, Ed Taylor, UC Davis

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Farm Labor 2019
Chair: Daniel Sumner, UC Davis
    COA and NASS, Tom Hertz, ERS
    NAWS, Daniel Caroll, DOL
    H-2A, Philip Martin, UC Davis
    Discussants: Roman Diaz, EDD, Ruben Lugo, DOL

12:15 PM


1:15 PM

Immigration and Agriculture 
Chair: Philip Martin, UC Davis
    What’s next for immigration?  Kevin Johnson, UC Davis
    Effects of ICE, Giovanni Peri, UC Davis
    Farm Worker Communities, Amagda Perez, UC Davis

3:00 PM



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