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2020 Sustainable Vineyard Practices - Part II: Maintaining a Sustainable Workforce


Blue Note - 1030 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559


9:00am - 11:30am


Dr. Giovanni Peri returns to present the 2019 Wages & Benefits Survey results. Erica Rosasco will follow with a discussion focusing on the Workforce Modernization Act and the H2A programs as possible avenues for addressing a diminishing pool of farmworkers. Finally, Dr. Malcolm Hobbs will present a tool co-developed with Dr. Monica Cooper to assess and improve workplace satisfaction among farmworkers.


Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries

9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
9:05 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
2019 Napa Valley Wages & Benefits
Dr. Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis

This presentation will include a comprehensive summary of the results from the 2019 Wages & Benefits Survey including an in-depth comparison of Napa Valley to other agricultural regions and industries. This information can be used as a powerful tool to help growers and vineyard managers create the right incentives to attract and maintain a high-quality workforce.
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
Workforce Modernization Act and H2A: Planning for Tomorrow’s Workforce
Erica Rosasco, Attorney at Law, McKague Rosasco PC

With increasing pressure from the federal government and an improved economy in Mexico, many farm workers are not returning. The children of farm workers are opting for more education and higher paying jobs. This leaves us with an aging and diminishing workforce. One thing we know is that we cannot continue with the status quo. We will discuss the pending Workforce Modernization Act and the basics of the H2A program as options for the future of our farm work.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Using Job Satisfaction Assessments as a Tool to Address Agricultural Labor Shortages and Promote Health & Wellness Among Agricultural Workers
Malcolm Hobbs, Staff Research Associate, University of California Cooperative Extension

Improving agricultural workers’ job satisfaction is an innovative approach to addressing labor shortages in the California agricultural sector. Job satisfaction, defined as a pleasurable experience resulting from one’s work, is one of the strongest predictors of employee well-being, and high job satisfaction has multiple benefits, including lower worker turnover, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and healthier workers. Drs. Cooper & Hobbs have developed a tool to measure job satisfaction among agricultural workers, and will discuss strategies for assessing and promoting job satisfaction in the agricultural workforce.
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Event Concludes

Meet the Experts:

Giovanni Peri is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, Davis and Director of the Interdisciplinary Migration Cluster at UC Davis. Dr. Peri is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Editor of “Regional Science and Urban Economics”. He is on the Editorial Board of the “Journal of the European Economic Association”, and of several academic journals. Dr. Peri has published in several academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Economic Journal. His research has been featured in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street journal and other newspapers. Dr. Peri’s research focuses on the economic determinants and effects of human migrations.

Erica Rosasco is a partner at McKague Rosasco LLP in Roseville, California.  She has received an “AV® Preeminent™” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity.  Ms. Rosasco represents agricultural employers in all aspects of employment and civil litigation. Ms. Rosasco is from a cattle ranching family and grew up in the central valley.


For attendees unable to attend in person, this program will be available via Livestream.  The link and password for Livestream will be emailed to all ticket holders the morning of the seminar. 

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