April 14, 2017: California Agriculture: Water, Labor, and Immigration

Farm labor and farm labor law have changed over the past four decades. This conference examines current issues in agriculture and farm labor. California agriculture and the farm workforce are changing. Scarce water, expensive land, and changing consumer preferences have increased the importance of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and horticultural specialties or FVH crops in the state’s farm sales. There are fewer newcomers to the farm workforce, prompting farm employers to take steps to satisfy current workers, stretch them with mechanical aids and substitute machines for hand workers, and supplement with H-2A guest workers.


8:15 AM Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM  Welcome

9:00 AM  Sustainability Certification Standards and Farm Labor Compliance

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM  Farm Labor: Responding to aging and settling workers

12:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM  Immigration and Farm Workers

2:45 PM Break

3:00PM  ALRB Issues and Cannabis

4:30 PM Adjourn

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