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

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. There is no charge to participate, but you must register by April 15, 2014 at:

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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