News Mentions/Interviews

Caitlin Patler's Commentary on DACA Featured in Dallas News

May 16, 2019
In a Dallas News article, Assistant Professor of Sociology Caitlin Patler said that DACA’s creation in June 2012 may have allowed recipients to ease up on their fears of deportation and focus on their work and futures

Zachariah Rutledge Interviewed by the Western Farm Press About Farm Labor Issues in California

May 15, 2019
“As a Ph.D. student I had already worked on some immigration issues in my studies, and when this topic surfaced I began looking deeper into the issue and realized that we lacked a lot of good information to properly examine and fully explore the issue,” Rutledge told Western Farm Press in a telephone interview. “I contacted the California Farm Bureau which had conducted a survey in 2017. I felt like we needed to add additional questions to the survey to get a broader picture of the issue, and the CFB agreed to partner with us to conduct the 2019 updated survey.”

Zacahriah Rutledge and J. Edward Taylor's Research on Farm Labor Shortages Featured in UC Davis' Food and Agriculture News

May 02, 2019
"The farm labor supply is declining, and farmers are responding by changing their production practices,” said the study’s co-author, Zachariah Rutledge, a doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “These results are important because they show how big of a problem this is for California farmers, and they suggest that the problem is not going to go away in the near future.”

Zachariah Rutledge Interviewed by Newsweek About His Work on Farm Labor Shortages

May 01, 2019
"Part of this issue is driven by labor supply factors. The farm labor force in the U.S. is aging, and it's not really being replaced by young immigrant workers the way it once was, " Zachariah Judson Rutledge, a U.S. Davis doctoral student and the lead author on the study, told Newsweek. "One of the main factors was there's an expanding economy in Mexico for both farm work and non-farm."

Zachariah Rutledge and J. Edward Taylor's Research on Farm Labor Shortages Featured on Capital Public Radio

April 30, 2019

California farmers are facing a serious shortage of labor according to a new report by the California Farm Bureau.  A survey showed that almost six out of 10 farmers were unable to hire all the workers they needed at some point in the past 5 years. Many of those farmers said shortages were worse the past two years, even though 86 percent of farmers said they had raised wages.

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