UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Philip Martin Quoted in Sacramento Bee: Slowdown in Young, Undocumented Workers from Mexico Leads California Farmers to Choose between Higher Wages or Mechanization

Sept. 8, 2017

Agricultural and Resource Economics Professor Emeritus Philip Martin – chair of the UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program and editor of Migration News and Rural Migration News – discusses with the Sacramento Bee how a slowdown of young, undocumented workers from Mexico has transformed California agriculture. Older farmworkers have established homes and no longer migrate to wherever the work is needed, Martin notes. This has led to farmers having to choose between paying higher wages and improving benefits, or mechanization.

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