April 4, 2019: NAWS at 30

April 4, 2019
Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

The National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) began to interview workers employed on crop farms in calendar year 1988, and has interviewed over 70,000 farm workers in the past three decades, a third in California.

This conference examines NAWS and other farm labor data.  The first presentations review three decades of NAWS data, and compare recent NAWS data to USDA and other farm labor data.  NAWS Panel 1 reviews research using NAWS data to understand farm worker employment and earnings, while NAWS Panel 2 focuses on the use of NAWS data to understand farm worker health and use of public services. Panel 3 compares trends in other farm labor data series to NAWS, while Panel 4 solicits user input on the strengths and weaknesses of the NAWS.

All presenters are asked to consider (1) whether the NAWS methodology of multi-stage sampling to account for seasonal and regional fluctuations in farm employment or other aspects of the survey’s design need to be modified, and (2) whether the NAWS questionnaire should be modified to collect better or additional data.

The report of the conference will include recommendations to the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on the NAWS methodology and questionnaire, which will be discussed during a half-day seminar and Webinar at ETA.

We are grateful for the support of ETA and the UC Ag Issues Center and the Gifford Center, as well as the Giannini and Rosenberg foundations and the ALRB.  To participate, please register at: We will provide the meals noted on the agenda. Please take a moment to register. For further information, email Philip Martin.


8:15AM: Breakfast

8:45AM: Welcome, Philip Martin and Tim Beatty, UC Davis

9:00AM: 30 Years of NAWS Data (30 minutes)

9:30AM: Other Farm Labor Data  (20 & 10 minutes)

10:45AM: Break

11AM: NAWS Panel 1. Farm Worker Employment and Earnings (20 and 10 minutes)

12:15PM: Lunch

1:15PM: NAWS Panel 2. Methodology, Q-aire, and Health (20 and 10 minutes)

2:15PM: Break

2:30PM: NAWS Panel 3. How NAWS uses COA, FLS, and QCEW data (20 and 10 minutes)

3:45PM: NAWS Panel 4. Data Users (15 minutes)

4:45PM: Closing comments, Daniel Carroll, ETA, Philip Martin, UC Davis

5:00PM: Adjourn

5:30PM: Reception and light dinner, UCD

April 5, 2019: Farm Labor 2019: Other Countries, California, and Immigration

April 5, 2019
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’s 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 currently unauthorized farm workers age and the employment of younger H-2A guest workers 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 agricultural communities?

The conference room reaches capacity quickly; 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 as well as the Giannini and Rosenberg foundations.  For further information, email Philip Martin.


8:15AM: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45AM: Welcome, Philip Martin, UC Davis and Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis

9:00AM: Farm Labor in Australia, Canada, and Mexico (20 and 10 minutes)

10:30AM: Break

10:45AM: Farm Labor 2019 (20 and 10 minutes)

12:15PM: Lunch

1:15PM: Immigration and Agriculture (20 minutes)

3:00PM: Adjourn

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