(Podcast) Episode 012: Impacts of Trump’s Immigration Policies on Ag

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Did you know that in 2012, 53% of agricultural labor were unauthorized hired farmworkers? Anton Bekkerman and Diane Charlton sit down to discuss in more detail the potential effects that president-elect’s Trump’s proposed immigration policies may occur in the agricultural and food sectors. Diane provides a brief background on the current state of immigrant labor in the United States and then we dive into some of the more detailed questions regarding the size and availability of the agricultural immigrant workforce, the variety of legal methods for immigrant workers to work in the United States (and the barriers to those programs working effectively), and the economic impacts of immigration reform policies on the crop and livestock sectors.

Did we miss any questions that you’ve been thinking about regarding immigration and the agricultural sector? Are you experiencing the challenges of a decreased immigrant agricultural workforce?

(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)

(Photo by amira_a is licensed under CC BY 4.0)

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Dr. Anton Bekkerman is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, joining the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD at North Carolina State University. Bekkerman's primary areas of research are grain marketing, basis and price forecast modeling, understanding how grain prices are affected by changes in supply chain infrastructures and quality demands, and analyzing the economic trade-offs of adopting alternative dryland cropping systems in Montana. One of his current projects is an investigation of how new grain loading technologies are affecting prices that Montana farmers receive for their wheat. Bekkerman is also examining the economic impacts that Montana's rapidly expanding dry pulse industry will have on the state's crop industry. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he has recently made a small step toward production agricultural after acquiring three backyard chickens.

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