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Labor, Water and California Agriculture in 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
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 Gifford Center, Giannini Foundation, and the Liquid Sugars Endowment for their support of this conference. The Temporary Migration Cluster, the UC Agricultural Issues Center, the Immigration Law Association, and the California Environmental Law & Policy Center provided additional support.
8:15 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8:45 am: Welcome
Kevin Johnson, Law
9:00 am: Migration Patterns, Farm Employment Trends and Farm Worker Changes
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Reports from the Field
Chair, Philip Martin
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Water and Agriculture in 2014
2:30 pm: Break
2:45 pm: Reports from the Field
Chair, Dan Sumner
4:00 pm: Adjourn