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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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Giovanni Peri's research referenced in a recent article published by The Hornet Newspaper

April 18, 2019
The economic impact of immigration has been highly debated within the last two decades as the issue of illegal immigration is constantly brought to attention and ways to resolve the issue are proposed, yet hardly ever implemented. Professor Giovanni Peri and researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, agree that immigration has slight marginal gains as a whole, while recognizing that it does have negative impacts for some. 

Kevin Johnson interviewed by MPR News

April 08, 2019
Professor Kevin Johnson's interview on how Kirstjen Nielsen's departure can affect administration policies featured in MPR News.

Recent Article by Dean Kevin R. Johnson "The New Latinx 'Repatriation'? Removals, Criminal Justice, and the Efforts to Remove Latinx Peoples from the United States"

March 18, 2019
During the hard times of the Great Depression, state and local governments, with the support of the U.S. government, “repatriated” approximately one million persons of Mexican ancestry, including many U.S. citizen children as well as immigrant parents, to Mexico. Similarly, the U.S. government in 1954 in the military-style “Operation Wetback,” directed by a retired general, removed hundreds of thousands of persons of Mexican ancestry, including many U.S. citizen children, from the Southwest. Those discriminatory events have shaped the identities of Latinx people in the United States.