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Labor, Water, and California Agriculture in 2014

Friday, April 18

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, King Hall room 1001
8:15 AM – 4:30 PM

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, the Liquid Sugars Endowment, and the Temporary Migration Cluster for their support of this conference, as well as the UC Agricultural Issues Center, the Immigration Law Association, and the California Environmental Law & Policy Center.

There is no charge to participate, but you must register by April 15, 2014.

Register HERE.

8:15am Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45am Welcome
Kevin R. Johnson, Dean School of Law
Mary Delaney, CAES
Colin Carter, Giannini 

9:00am Migration Patterns: Farm Employment Trends and Farm Worker Changes
Chair, Colin Carter
Philip Martin, UC Davis  Powerpoint Slides
Ed Taylor, UC Davis  Powerpoint Slides
Bert Mason
, CSU Fresno  Powerpoint Slides
Roberta Cook, UC Davis Powerpoint Slides

10:30am Break

10:45am Reports from the Field
Chair, Philip Martin
Bryan Little, CFBF
Pete Maturino, UFCW
Bill Gould, ALRB
Richard Longo, DOL WHD  Powerpoint Slides 

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Water and Agriculture in 2014
Chair, Rachael Goodhue
Richard Howitt, UC Davis  Powerpoint Slides  
David Sunding, UC Berkeley  Powerpoint Slides
Dan Sumner, UC Davis  Powerpoint Slides

2:45pm Break 

3:00pm Reports from the Field
Chair, Dan Sumner
Vernon Crowder
, Rabobank
Nicole Montna Van Vleck, Montna Farms  Powerpoint Slides
Bill Phillimore
, Paramount Farms

4:30pm Adjourn 

Register HERE.



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