UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Phil Martin's Column on American Agriculture Imports, Machine, and Migrants Featured in The Hill

Jan. 17, 2018

Professor Emeritus Phil Martin's research about "American agriculture at a crossroads between imports, machines, and migrants" is featured in The Hill.

Dr. Martin talks about how the slowdown in unauthorized Mexico-U.S. migration has set off a race in U.S. fields between rising imports, more machines, and foreign guest workers. Farmers are responding to the end of unauthorized Mexico-U.S. migration with four "S" strategies: satisfy current workers to retain them, stretch them with mechanical aids that increase their productivity, substitute machines for workers, and supplement current workers with H-2A guest workers.

Click here to read the column.


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