COVID-19 and Farm Workers: Challenges Facing California Agriculture

Timothy Beatty, Alexandra Hill, Philip Martin, and Zachariah Rutledge

from ARE Update Vol. 23, No. 5, May/Jun, 2020 Special Issue: Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic on California Food, Agriculture, and the Environment

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Abstract

When 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.

Keywords

COVID-19, Farm Labor Supply, Immigration, Wages

Citation

Timothy Beatty, Alexandra Hill, Philip Martin, and Zachariah Rutledge. "COVID-19 and Farm Workers: Challenges Facing California Agriculture." ARE Update 23(5)(2020):2-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2020/23/5/covid-19-and-farm-workers-challenges-facing-califo/