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Farm labor contractors (FLCs) have become increasingly important in California agriculture. This report examines FLC background characteristics, business practices, and relationships with employers and farm workers, many of whom are seasonal and migrant workers. Over 300 FLCs, farm workers, and growers were interviewed in five California regions. More than 80 percent of the FLCs interviewed were male and Hispanic. Nearly half were born in the United States. They averaged 6 years of schooling in the United States or 3 years in Mexico, about a third had graduated from high school, and 23 percent had completed some college courses. Growers employed FLCs primarily to reduce paperwork and to help recruit and manage farm workers. FLC business and employment practices varied considerably among regions with varying labor demands. Many FLCs mentioned "cutthroat" competition and stated that lack of governmental enforcement of rules and regulations put honest contractors at a disadvantage. Over a third would like the government or university system to provide educational programs on legal, technical, and business aspects of labor contracting. Appendices include the survey instrument, research methodology, and payroll data. This document contains numerous tables and graphs. (LP)

Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Business Administration, Demography, Educational Attainment, Employment Practices, Farm Labor, Farm Management, Farm Occupations, Farmers, Government Role, Hispanic Americans, Labor Market

Author: Rosenberg, Howard R.; And Others


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