Mexicans Are Leaving Farm Work: What Does It Mean for U.S. Agriculture and Immigration Policy?

Charlton, Diane and J. Edward Taylor

from ARE Update Vol. 16, No. 4, Mar/Apr, 2013

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Abstract

New econometric evidence shows a declining trend in the farm labor supply from households in rural Mexico, which are the main source of hired labor for U.S. agriculture. At the same time, after a decade of decline, employment on Mexico's fruit, vegetable, and horticultural farms is beginning to rise. This means that U.S. and Mexican farmers are competing for a dwindling supply of farm workers. Changing crop choice, technologies, and management practices, rather than immigration policy, will be the keys to adjusting to a new era of relative farm labor scarcity.

Keywords

Farm labor, agricultural workers, agricultural policy

Citation

Charlton, Diane and J. Edward Taylor. "Mexicans Are Leaving Farm Work: What Does It Mean for U.S. Agriculture and Immigration Policy?" ARE Update 16(4)(2013):1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2013/16/4/mexicans-are-leaving/