This paper examines the aggregate performance of California agriculture relative to Florida and U.S. agriculture, 1960-1993, the economics of the California raisin grape industry which uses large quantities of migratory labor for the grape harvest, and schools and schooling of farm workers' children in the Parlier area. The major conclusions are that the labor intensity of California (and Florida) agriculture hasfallen much less thanfor thewhole U.S., the raisin grape industry oftheCentral San Joaquin Valley isstruggling due to labor availability and prospects of greater foreign competition, andschooling is one ofthemost promising routes to a better life for the children of adult farm workers
Huffman, Wallace E., "An Overview of Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural California: The Central San Joaquin Valley" (1999). Economic Staff Paper Series. 332.