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US Farm Labor and Trade in 2021

The Mexico Institute was proud to host a timely webinar that will reviewed the characteristics and earnings of U.S. agricultural workers over the past three decades, the current status and outlook for the H-2A program, and trends and patterns in North American fruit and vegetable trade.

Date & Time

Wednesday
Jun. 23, 2021
2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Location

Online Only

Overview

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Increased U.S. imports of fresh fruits and vegetables support one million agricultural jobs on Mexican farms that export to the U.S. while another two million Mexican-born workers are employed on U.S. farms. The expanding H-2A guest worker program is on track to certify 300,000 farm jobs in FY21. The National Agricultural Worker Survey, which has been interviewing workers on U.S. crop farms since 1989, finds that crop workers are aging and settled in one place, making them less migratory and flexible.

This timely seminar reviewed characteristics and earnings of U.S. agricultural workers over the past three decades, the current status and outlook for the H-2A program, and trends and patterns in fruit and vegetable trade.

We are grateful to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Walmart Foundation for their support of this project. 

For more information on the project, please visit the project on the following webpages: Wilson Center, Migration Dialogue, Jornaleros México

2:00–2:05  Welcome
  • Andrew I. Rudman, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center 
  • Philip Martin, Professor emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC-Davis
2:05–2:25 Mexico-U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Trade
  • Steve Zahniser, Agricultural Economist, USDA
2:25–2:45 The H-2A Program 2010-2021
  • Philip Martin, Professor emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC-Davis
2:45–3:10 NAWS Crop Workers 1989-2020
  • Susan Gabbard, Senior Research Associate, JBS International
  • Daniel Carrol, Department of Labor
3:10–3:30 Q&A

 

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Farm Labor and Mexico's Export Produce Industry

Learn more about our ongoing project, which analyzes production and employment systems in selected commodities that are exported from Mexico to the United States.

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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

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