March 20, 2020: Farm Labor 2020: Technology, H-2A, and Immigration (POSTPONED)

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis Law School
Friday, March 20, 2020

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 H-2A guest worker program is expanding rapidly.

Three timely issues will be discussed. First, how are changes in technology and trade affecting the demand for farm workers? Second, how is the expansion of the H-2A program affecting the current aging and unauthorized farm workforce? Third, how are Trump Administration migration policy changes affecting farmers, farm workers, and agricultural communities?

There is no charge to participate, but you must register before March 13, 2020.

We are grateful for the support of the UC Ag Issues Center, the Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety, and the UCD Gifford Center as well as the ALRB and the Howard G. Buffett, Giannini, Rosenberg, and Walmart foundations.  For further information, contact Philip Martin.


8:15 AM: Check-in and Breakfast

8:45 AM: Welcome

9:00 AM: Demand for Farm Labor: Technology and Trade, (20 and 10 minutes)

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Farm Labor 2019: H-2A and NAWS (20 and 10 minutes)

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM: Immigration and Agriculture (20 and 10 minutes)

3:00 PM: Adjourn