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About Migration Dialogue

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Rural Migration News: Wine, Food

The California wine grape harvest was a record 4.5 million tons in 2018, up six percent from 2017. The 2019 crush was smaller at 4.2 million tons, but unsold wine from 2018 lowered prices for 2019 grapes, so that some Napa Cabernet sold for as little as $1,500 a ton, less than a third of 2018 prices.

There is too much wine chasing too few US consumers. A sixth of US wine consumers, some 35 million Americans, drink 95 percent of US wine. Industry leaders blame calls for Dry January and sober September as well as the popularity of fruit-flavored malt beverages such as White Claw and Truly for a one percent decline in wine sales in 2019 to 370 million 12-bottle cases. The value of wine sold in the US in 2019 was $38 billion or $104 a case or $8.60 a bottle.

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  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Giannini, and Walmart foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.

  • Farm Labor and Mexican Produce Exports

    The US imports half of its fresh fruit and a third of its fresh vegetables, mostly from Mexico. the leading source. This project, led by the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and supported by the Walmart foundation, is developing a database on Mexican farm workers employed in Mexican export agriculture and in US labor-intensive agriculture.

  • Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.

  • Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face & UFW Contracts

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.