Conference on NAFTA, H-2A, Immigration, and the ALRB
UC Davis Law School
Friday, April 13, 2018.

This year’s conference features an opening session devoted to the implications of NAFTA re-negotiations for California agriculture, the growth of the H-2A guest worker program, immigration policy under President Trump, and ALRB activities after the California Supreme Court upheld the Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation law.

There is no charge to participate, but seating is limited. To attend, you must RSVP by April 1, 2018:

Registration is required to attend any portion of the conference, and will be closed when we reach the room’s capacity.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference will be at the UCD Law School, which is located near the South Entry Parking Structure on the UCD campus.  If you are driving, exit I-80 at the UC-Davis exit and park in the South Entry Parking Structure on the right just after the Mondavi winery complex. Parking costs $9, and the machine dispensing tickets takes cash or credit cards. After parking, walk past the Mondavi center, cross Putah creek, and the Law School is on your left.  For additional directions, please visit

For questions, please contact Philip Martin,


8:15AM         Check-in and Continental Breakfast

       8:45AM         Welcome, Philip Martin, UC Davis and Daniel Sumner,
UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis

       9:00AM         NAFTA Renegotiations: Implications for California Agriculture
                                 Chair: Philip Martin, UC Davis
Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis
                                        Roberta Cook, UC Davis
Jamie Johnson, Simpatica

Soren Bjoren, Driscoll’s

     10:30AM         Break

      10:45AM        Farm Labor: The Rise of H-2A Workers
Chair: Tim Beatty, UC Davis Philip Martin,  UC Davis
Ileana Arvizu, ISA,
Steve Scaroni, Fresh Harvest
Ruben Lugo, WHD
Francisco Maicas, EDD
Richard Mines, DOL-ret

      12:15PM         Lunch

        1:15PM         Immigration and Agriculture
Chair: Philip Martin, UC Davis
What’s next for immigration?  Kevin Johnson, UC Davis
Immigration and Farm Workers, Ed Kissam, WKF
Amagda Perez, UC Davis, Cynthia Rice, CRLA,
Paulette  Nwaogu and Sir Streeter, DHS-ICE

        2:45PM         Break

        3:00PM         ALRB Issues
Chair: Genevieve Shiroma, Chairwoman ALRB

Julia Montgomery, ALRB GC

Ed Blanco, ALRB
Tom Sobel, ALRB

        4:30PM         Adjourn