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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities - May 2010

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
Thursday-Friday May 27-28, 2010

Report of the Conference

At least 50 percent of US farm workers are unauthorized. Pending immigration reform proposals would 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 learn about migration patterns and impacts in rural and agricultural areas, assess immigration reform proposals, hear from employer and worker advocates, and discuss ongoing research on these issues. Presentations are posted at: //

The conference is organized with the support of the Farm and Giannini Foundations and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the Julian Samora Research Institute, the Southern Rural Development Center, and the UC EU Center of Excellence. For further information contact Philip Martin.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

7:30am Breakfast available in conference room

8:30am Farm Workers and Immigration Reform, Cecilia Munoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (anticipated)

9am Immigration Patterns, 1986-2010, Jeff Passel, Pew Hispanic Center

10am Break

10:15 The Outlook for Immigration Reform, Chair, Susan Martin, ISIM
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies
Frank Sharry, America's Voice

12 Lunch

1:00 Industry and Worker Perspectives on Immigration Reform
Patrick O'Brien, American Farm Bureau Federation
Craig Regelbrugge, American Nursery & Landscape Association
Bruce Goldstein, Farmworker Justice
Rob Williams, FLRA

2:30 Break

3:00 Research Perspectives on Immigration, Agriculture, and Communities, Chair, Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation
The Changing Demand for Farm Labor, Linda Calvin, USDA and Philip Martin, UC-Davis
The Status of Labor-saving Mechanization in Fruits and Vegetables, Wallace Huffman, Iowa State University, presentation
NAWS: The Changing Farm Work Force? Susan Gabbard, JBS International and Anita Pena, Colorado State
Immigrant Integration in Rural America, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University

4:30 Adjourn

7:15 Dinner, Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW

Friday, May 28, 2010

7:30am Breakfast available in conference room

8:30 Farm Labor: Commodities and Areas, Chair, Ruben Martinez, Michigan State University
California and Raisins, Bert Mason, CSUF and Philip Martin, UCD, presentation
Florida and Citrus/Tomatoes, Fritz Roka, U-FL
Washington, Ernie Stromsdorfer, Washington ESD
Michigan and Oregon, Vera Bitsch, Michigan State University, presentation
Oregon, Steve Buccola, Oregon State University
Arizona, Jo Ann Warner

10:45 Break

11 Farm Labor: Commodities and Areas Discussion

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Immigrant and Communities, Chair, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University
Nebraska and the Midwest, Lourdes Gouveia, Uni of Nebraska-Omaha
Carolinas, David Griffith, E Carolina University
Texas, Rogelio Saenz and Karen Manges Douglas, Texas A&M University
New York, Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell University
Ag Exceptionalism, Beth Lyon, Villanova

3pm Adjourn