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Immigration Reform: Implications for Farmers, Farm Workers, and Communities - May 2011

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 12-13, 2011
Lodging at UC-DC May 11-12, 2011

Conference Report

At least 50 percent of US farm workers are unauthorized. The AgJOBS immigration reform proposal 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 USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the Farm, Giannini and MacArthur Foundations, JSRI. SRDC, and CRCIG. For further information, please contact Philip Martin.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
7:30am Breakfast available in conference room

8:30am Farm Workers and Immigration Reform, Felicia Esobar, Domestic Policy Council, and Oscar Gonzalez, Office of the Secretary, USDA

9:15 Immigration Patterns, 1986-2011, Jeff Passel, Pew Hispanic Center
NAWS Trends, 1989-2009, Daniel Carroll, US Department of Labor

10am Break

10:15 The Outlook for Immigration Reform, Chair, Philip Martin, UC-Davis
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies
Frank Sharry, America's Voice

12 Lunch

1:00 Industry and Worker Perspectives on Immigration and Bargaining, Chair, Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation
Patrick O'Brien, Independent Ag Consultant
Craig Regelbrugge, American Nursery & Landscape Association
Erik Nicholson, United Farm Workers
Steve Hitov, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

2:45 Break

3:00 Canada's SAWP and Other Programs, Randall Hansen, University of Toronto
Kerry Preibisch, University of Guelph
Ken Forth, Labour Issues Coordinating Committee, handout, presentation
Andrea Galvez, UFCW Canada
Diane Burrows, Canadian Embassy; Juan Carlos Lara, Mexican Embassy

5:00 Adjourn

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

Friday, May 13, 2011
7:30am Breakfast available in conference room

8:30 Migrants and Agriculture: Commodities, Chair, Ruben Martinez, MSU
California, 1960-201, Philip Martin, UC-Davis, paper, presentation
Florida and Citrus-Tomatoes, Fritz Roka, U-FL
Washington, Ernie Stromsdorfer, Washington Employment Security, paper, presentation
Colorado Nurseries, Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
New York Dairies, Tom Maloney, Cornell University, paper, presentation

10:45 Break

11 Discussion

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Migrants and Communities, Chair, Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University
Carolinas, David Griffith, East Carolina University
New York, Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell University
Pennsylvania, Beth Lyon, Villanova
Washington, Joann Warner, Western Center for Risk Management Education

3pm Trade and Immigration, Chair Philip Martin, UC-Davis
Fruit and Vegetable Production and Trade, Linda Calvin, USDA
CGE Modeling of Immigration Reform's effects on Farm Labor, Tom Hertz and Steve Zahniser, USDA
The Value of Legal Status to Farm Workers, Sun Ling Wang, USDA

4:30 Adjourn