Florida conference plans to discuss agricultural labor and immigration

January 25, 2017

To what extent are immigrant farmworkers affecting the economic opportunities of native farm workers? 

Could immigrant farmworkers be easily substituted with domestic farm workers?

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) food and resource economics department will host the 2nd Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference on February 9 at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research Education Center in Balm, Florida.

Dr. Gülcan Önel will share recent research on the economics of immigration and the implications for the farm sector in the United States and in Florida.  Önel will also present findings from the Florida Citrus Workers survey conducted during the last harvest year. Implications for the ongoing debates on immigration policies will be discussed, including border enforcement, amnesty, and guest worker programs for agricultural labor.

During the conference several UF/IFAS researchers and industry experts will present on a range of topics for discussion including agricultural labor, water quality, management, food and nutrition policy, and agricultural production policy and trade. Conference participants will examine critical policy issues facing Florida’s agribusiness leaders and explore valuable economic insight helpful for making informed business and policy decisions.

For additional conference details and registration information visit the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department web page at fred.ifas.ufl.edu/FLAgPolicyOutlookConference.

By: Melissa McGinnis, 352-294-7637, melissamcginnis@ufl.edu

Sources: Spiro Stefanou, 352-294-7625, sstefanou@ufl.edu

Alan Hodges, 352-294-7674, awhodges@ufl.edu