Labor, Water, and California Agriculture in 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtoom, UC Davis Law School

AIC Director Dan Sumner’s slide presentation here.

Over half of the workers employed on US crop farms have been unauthorized since the mid-1990s. Congress is considering two approaches to legalize the hired farm work force, legalization of unauthorized farm workers to be immigrants and new guest worker programs (Senate), and legalization to guest worker and new guest worker programs (House).

California is in its third consecutive year of drought, and both federal and state water projects announced zero allocations for water buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. What is the impact of reduced water supplies on farmers, farm workers and communities, and what are the longer term implications of the water status quo?

We are grateful to the Giannini Foundation, the Liquid Sugars Endowment, and the Gifford Center for their support of this conference, and the UCD Agricultural Issues Center and the Immigration Law Association.




8:45    Welcome, Helene Dillard, CAES and Colin Carter, Giannini

9:00    Migration Patterns, Farm Employment Trends, and Farm Worker Changes, Chair, Colin Carter
Philip Martin, UC-Davis
Daniel Carroll, DOL
Ed Taylor, UC-Davis

10:30   Break

10:45   Reports from the Field, Chair, Philip Martin
Bryan Little, CFBF
Arturo Rodriguez, UFW
Bill Gould, ALRB

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Governor Jerry Brown

1:15     Water and Agriculture in 2014, Chair, Rachael Goodhue
Richard Howitt, UC-Davis
David Sunding, UC Berkeley
Dan Sumner, UC-Davis

2:45     Break

3:00     Reports from the Field, Chair, Philip Martin
Sohan Samran, M/T Trading, Madera
Nicole Montna Van Vleck, Montna Farms
Bill Phillimore, Paramount Farms
Vernon Crowder, Rabobank

4:30     Adjourn