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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities June 13-14, 2007

Immigration Reform:
Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities

Meeting and Lodging: UC-DC
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel 202-974-6200 Fax: 202-974-6250
Wednesday-Thursday June 13-14, 2007

At least 50 percent of US farm workers are unauthorized. Immigration reform may provide a path to legal status for some currently unauthorized farm workers and make it easier for farm employers to employ legal guest workers under a revised H-2A temporary worker program.

The purpose of this conference is to assess the provisions of pending immigration reform proposals, the roles of legal and unauthorized farm workers in US agriculture and of MSFW programs in integrating migrants and their children, and the implications of continued immigration for rural communities. The aim is to have Washington people alert researchers to potential immigration changes and the questions about immigration and agriculture where research answers would be welcome, and to allow researchers to report on the current and likely future impacts of immigration. The outcome will be a research agenda for anticipating and evaluating the impacts of immigration reform on agriculture (//

The conference is organized with the support of the Farm, Giannini, Northwest Area and Kellogg Foundations.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

8am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor

9am Welcome and Introductions, Philip Martin, UCD, and Bruce Cain, UC-DC

9:15 Immigration Patterns, 1986-2006, Jeff Passel, Pew Hispanic Center Rural Mexico to Rural America, Ed Taylor, UCD

10:15 Break

10:30 Congressional Staff Panel: What has Congress debated and/or approved? Chair, Susan Martin, ISIM
Esther Olavarria, Office of Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
Michael T. Dougherty, Office of Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Julia Massimino Office of Rep Howard Berman (D-CA)
Margaret Klessig, Office of Rep Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

11:30 Immigration and Agriculture: Resolving the Challenge, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Industry Perspectives on Immigration Reform
Al Guilin, AG Consultants, ex-VP, Limoneira
Joe Swedburg, Hormel
Jim Holt, Holt Associates
Craig Regelbrugge, American Nursery & Landscape Association

2:45 Break

3:00 Worker Advocate and Community Leader Perspectives
Bruce Goldstein, Farmworker Justice
Baldemar Velasquez, FLOC
Rosaura Segura, Napa Farm Worker Oversight Committee
Rick Mines

4:30 International Perspectives, Manolo Abella, ILO

5:00 Adjourn

7:00 Dinner, Levante's Restaurant, 1320-19th St NW, Sunderland Building, tel 202 293 6301

Thursday, June 14, 2007

8am Breakfast available in conference room on the ground floor

9:00 Farm Labor: Commodities and Areas, Chair, Philip Martin, UCD
US Crop Workers: Trends and Patterns, Daniel Carroll, US Department of Labor
California, Bert Mason, CSUF
Washington, Ernst W. Stromsdorfer
Florida, Lurleen Walters, U-Florida
Demand for Farm Workers in CA, FL, IA, Wally Huffman, ISU
Joann Warner, Gonzaga University

10:30 Break

10:45 Immigrant Impacts: Community Responses, Chair, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University
Changing Patterns of Immigration in Rural America, William Kandel, USDA
Carolinas, David Griffith, E Carolina University; paper, presentation
New York, Max Pfeffer and Pilar Parra, Cornell University
Pennsylvania, Janelle Larson, Penn State
California, Ed Kissam, Aguirre-JBS
Hinda Seif, University of Illinois-Springfield

1pm Lunch

2pm Changes in US Specialty Crop Production and Trade
Danny Pick, USDA
Linda Calvin, USDA

3:15 Adjourn