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.


8:15AM Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45AM Welcome

Philip Martin, UC Davis
Colin Carter, UC Davis

9:00AM Sustainability Certification Standards and Farm Labor Compliance

Chair: Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis
Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest
Ernie Farley, Sierra Farms
Hector Lujan, Reiter Affiliated Companies
Kirk Wagner, Growers Express

10:30AM Break

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

Chair: William Gould, ex-ALRB Chair
Philip Martin, UC Davis
Daniel Carroll, DOL
Tom Hertz, USDA
Daniel Costa, EPI
Don Villarejo, Davis

12:15PM Lunch

1:15PM Immigration and Farm Workers

Chair: Philip Martin, UC Davis
What’s next for immigration, Kevin Johnson, UC Davis
Immigration Policy and Farm Workers, Ed Kissam, WKF
Discussants: Amagda Perez (UC Davis), Cynthia Rice (CRLA)

2:45PM Break

3:00PM ALRB Issues and Cannabis

Chair: Genevieve Shiroma, ALRB
Reflections on the ALRB, William Gould, ex-ALRB Chair
ALRB Today, Julia Montgomery, ALRB GC
The Economics of Cannabis, Daniel Sumner, UC Davis
Farm workers and Cannabis, Ed Blanco, ALRB
Representing Cannabis Workers, Pete Maturino, UFCW

4:30PM Adjourn



Friday, April 14, 2017


Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom
King Hall
UC Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616


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