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April 2017, Volume 23, Number 2

Rural America

California: Water, Cannabis
California, which had one of its wettest years ever in 2016-17, declared a drought emergency in January 2014 and ended it in April 2017. Over 30

Meat and Migrants
President Trump's decision to reduce refugee admissions from 110,000 to 50,000 in FY17 may impact meatpackers. Lutheran Family Services Rocky

Jobs, Robots, H-1B
US employment rose from 148.8 million in 2015 to 151.4 million in 2016, that is, the US added a net 2.6 million jobs or over 200,000 a month. The

Farm Workers

California: Shortages, Workers
The Los Angeles Times on March 19, 2017 profiled the recruitment efforts of Napa's Silverado Farming in Stockton

Florida, Southeast
The Fair Food Program, created by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in 2005 to persuade fast-food companies and other buyers of tomatoes to increase

Midwest, Northeast, Northwest
Kentucky. Kentucky had farm sales of $5.8 billion in 2015, half livestock and half crops. Poultry and eggs were 43 percent of livestock sales, and

UFW, ALRB, Unions
Cesar Chavez's birthday was celebrated March 31; Chavez died in 1993. Many of the marches held around Chavez's birthday protested the immigration

NAWS: V-shape Trends
The National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) interviews 2,000 to 4,000 workers each year, making it the largest farm worker survey.


Trump: Executive Orders
President Trump issued three executive orders during his first week in office, setting in motion plans to build a wall on the 2,000 mile Mexico-US

DHS: Unauthorized
The Pew Research Center estimated that there were 11.1 million unauthorized foreigners in the US in 2014, including 6.2 million Mexicans, 723,000

H-2A; Braceros
The H-2A program, which provides an unlimited number of guest worker visas to farmers who are certified to employ guest workers, continued to expand

Canada, Mexico
Canada is a rarity: an industrial country that receives fewer immigrants than desired. Canada aims to accept 300,000 immigrants a year, and usually

Europe: Migration and Politics
Europe grappled with three major migration issues in Spring 2017. First, about 7,000 migrants a month continued to arrive in Italy from Libya, with

OECD Migration, Wealth
The 33 OECD member countries with data had 960 million residents in 2010, including 106 million or 11 percent foreign-born residents, up from 76


California Agriculture
How will California farmers adjust to rising labor costs, as exemplified by the state's $15 an hour minimum wage after 2022 and overtime pay after

US Farms, Trade
President Trump named ex-Georgia Governor (2003-11) Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary. Georgia accounted for 15 percent of the 8.7 billion US

Wine, Food
California crushed 4.2 million tons of grapes in 2016, up from 3.9 million tons in 2015, including 2.3 million tons of red grape varieties and 1.7

Climate Change, Sustainability
Global warming continues, with sea ice in the Arctic at its lowest levels since satellite records were first made in 1978. The weather is becoming

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