COVID-19 and Farm Workers: Challenges Facing California Agriculture

Timothy Beatty, Alexandra Hill, Philip Martin, and Zachariah Rutledge
Published in
ARE Update Vol. 23, No. 5, May/Jun, 2020, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, University of California


AbstractWhen stay-at-home orders were issued in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19, farm workers were deemed essential and expected to continue working. As California’s farm employment climbs toward its June peak, sick farm workers, closed schools, and uncertainties surrounding the H-2A guest worker program could reduce the supply of farm workers, accelerating trends already underway such as mechanization.


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