April 14: 2017: Sustainability, Farm Labor, Immigration, ALRB, and Cannibas

This conference examines labor-related issues in California agriculture. Fruits and vegetables were two thirds of the state's $47 billion in farm sales in 2015, average agricultural employment has been increasing to 420,000, and most farm workers are aging unauthorized Mexican-born men who have settled in California with their families.

Four timely issues will be discussed. First is fresh-produce buyers requiring growers to abide by labor and other protocols that go beyond government regulations in order to sell commodities.  Second is the four-S response of farmers to fewer new farm workers, including satisfying current workers, stretching them with mechanical aids, substituting machines for hand workers or switching crops, and supplementing with younger H-2A guest workers. Third is the enforcement of laws against unauthorized migration in the Trump Administration the effects on farm workers and agriculture. Fourth is a review of ALRB activities and the status of the state’s cannabis industry and its workforce.

There is no charge to participate, but you must register before April 1, 2017 to participate.

We are grateful for the support of the UC Ag Issues Center and the UCD Gifford Center and Migration Research Cluster, the Giannini, Rosenberg, and WKF foundations, and the ALRB. For further information, contact Philip Martin (plmartin@ucdavis.edu).

Agenda

8:15AM: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45AM: Welcome, Philip Martin, UC Davis and Colin Carter, UC Davis

9:00AM: Sustainability Certification Standards and Farm Labor Compliance

10:30AM: Break

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

12:15PM: Lunch

1:15PM: Immigration and Farm Workers

2:45PM: Break

3:00PM: ALRB Issues and Cannabis

4:30PM: Adjourn