Don Villarejo is the sole author of the following publications, unless indicated otherwise. All documents are freely distributed for non-commercial purposes.
Getting Bigger: Large Scale Farming in California, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, 1980, 104pp. Link to Introduction
Prompted by the discovery of a previously undisclosed methodological ambiguity in the Census of Agriculture, a fresh compilation of farmland, cropland and land tenure among individual crop farms in every county of California finds a substantially greater degree of size concentration than previously reported. Among the state's largest farms, all but a handful are locally-based, family-owned businesses that have been able to expand, mostly by leasing land, to take advantage of the expanding market for the state's abundant output of food and fiber. A detailed review of Anderson Farms Company provides insight about how outside capital was successfully leveraged by a third-generation Yolo County farmer into a multi-million dollar enterpise. Link to Full Text
San Diego County Agriculture, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, May 26, 1987
San Diego County agriculural production substantially increased during the early and mid-1980s, despite rapid urban growth. Land degignated for development was not being used for crop production. Losses of farmland were primarily among filed and livstock production. This paper was prepared for California Rural Legal Assistance. Link to Full Text
San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria Agriculture, Report prepared for Migrant Farm Worker Program, California Rural Legal Assistance, Fresno, CA, October 5, 1988, 14 pp. (A)
Agricultural production in the San Luis Obiso and Santa Maria area of California's South Coast expanded rapidly from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, primarily as a result of greatly increased investment in developing new winegrape planting and greatly increasing strawerry production. As a result, agricultural employment in the region has increased as well. This report was prepared for California Rural Legal Assistance. Link to Full Text
Farm Restructuring and Employment in California Agriculture, Working Paper #1, Working Group on Farm Labor and Rural Poverty, California Institute for Rural Studies, February 1989.
Of California's twenty largest farms in 1978, only seven remained intact in 1989. Yet most of the land remained in agriculture, albeit with new management. This Working Paper draws attention to the structural changes taking place in California agriculture, and their impact on the farm labor market. This paper was prepared for presentation at a statewide conference on Farm Labor and Rural Poverty in California, and funded by a grant from The Ford Foundation. Link to Full Text
Ventura County Agriculture, Paper commissioned by Migrant Farm Worker Program, May 11, 1990, California Rural Legal Assistance, Fresno, California.
Agricultural production in the Ventura County region appeared to have been under severe pressure by increasing residential and commerical development during the 1980s. However, production of high-value fresh produce, such a strawberries, vegetables and lemons has increased during this period. Agricultural employment has increased as a result. This paper was prepared for California Rural Legal Assistance. Link to Full Text
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"Agriculture and Community," Invited Paper, Symposium to Honor Prof. Walter Goldschmidt's "As You Sow," California Studies Conference, West Sacramento, California, February 8, 1991. From the collection "A Little Piece of Land: Writings on Agriculture and the Common Good in California," William L. Preston and Trudy Wischemann, Eds. Manuscript. For additional information about this manuscript, please contact Trudy Wischemann, 796 Homasell, Lindsay, CA 93247.
Since 1940, California agricultural has expanded at a remarably rapid pace, doubling the amount of irriganted land, and witnessed the remakable dominance of large-scale farms: in 1987 the largest 7% of the state's farms produced two-thirds of all crop and livestock output (based on value of farm cash receipts from the sale of agricultural commodities). Within the spouthern San Joaquin Valley region where Prof. Goldschmidt's classic study was conducted, the number of farms with at least 2,000 acres of cropland has increased ten-fold. This paper was presented at a conference honoring Prof. Goldschmidt and reflecting on his research contributions. Link to Symposium- text version
Labelling Dole: Some Thoughts on Dole Food Company's Expansion in World Agriculture, Invited Paper, Workshop on the Global Fresh Fruit and Vegetable System, December 6-9, 1991, University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Dole Food Company's rapid expansion in the global fresh produce industry has resulted in an agricltural system in which the sun always illuminates one or another of farm fields Dole produce, from Asia to North and South America, and beyond. This paper was presented at the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Globalization Network conference as Working Paper #6, UC Santa Cruz, on agroecology and sustainable agriculture. Link to Full Text
On Shaky Ground: Farm Operator Turnover in California Agriculture, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, November 1996.
This report assesses the risk factors for California farm operators by examining farm operator turnover for two California counties. Turnover and attrition rates are found to be quite high in both counties, while farm start-ups are also very high. Economic instability is found to be more prevalent in certain crops, farm sizes, and ethnic groups, providing a picture of who will be at greatest risk of economic failure in farming. Link to Full Text
California Farming - Beyond Owner and Tenant, by Don Villarejo, Jennifer Sherman, Judith Redmond, June 1, 1998
During the 1970s and 1980s, new forme of land tenure in Californina agriculture have been created, primarily in the fresh produce industry. Known as "joint deals," grower-packer-shippers have increasingly partnered with smaller scale farmers, shasring the costs, expenses, profits and risks inherent this high-risk industry. Link to Full Text
"California's Agricultural Employers: Twenty-five Years Later," Invited paper, Symposium to Observe 25th Anniversary of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, October 4, 2000.
During the period 1978 to 2000, many of California's largest farms, based on size of cropland under cultivation, had gone out of business, or had been merged into one of their peers. A consequence of these changes is that size concentration has become even greater: in 1997 the largest 6.5% of the state's farms accounted for three-fourths of all food and fiber (measured by farm cash receipts from the marketing of agricltural commodities). Morever, contract labor and other types of contracted agricultral service providers are inceasingly replacing directly hired on-farm workers. This invited paper was presented at a conference sponsoded by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Link to Full Text
Economic Conditions in the Farming and Food Processing Industries, West San Joaquin Valley, Judith Redmond and Don Villarejo, Final Report submitted to the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior, July 1987, 13 pp. (F)
The west San Joaquin Valley's agriculture was transformed during the 1970s by completion of the Californina Aquaduct that brought fresh irrigation water to hundreds of thousands of acres. This report presents summary findings from the 1982 business censuses, employment data and other sources. The paper was commissioned by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of Interior. Link to Full Text
Land Ownership in the Grasslands Study Area, Final Report submitted to the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior, September 30, 1987, 15 pp. (R)
This report describes a detailed examination of ownership of non-urban land in the Greater Grasslands Study Area of the western San Joaquin Valley. This was the final report to the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program written in September 1987. Link to Full Text
"Rural Poverty: Can the Central Valley Qualify?" Invited Article, July 15, 1989, Legal Services Section News, The State Bar of California, San Francisco, California.
"Rural-Urban Divisions: Are They Real?" Invited Article, November 15, 1989, Earth Matters, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, Des Moines, Iowa. Link to Full Text
Community Organizing in Rural California - What should we do next? (Outline of presentation), June 1, 1995
This 3-page outline was Don Villarejo's notes from a workshop he led in 1995, and was part of the effort to support new organizing initiatives in the southern San Joaquin Valley. See also the short, annotated list of suggested readings attached. Link to Full Text
The Firebaugh Community Case Study: Preliminary Findings, Invited paper, Conference on the Changing Face of Rural California, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, and The Urban Institute, Parlier, CA, September 10-12, 1998.
Firebaugh, a community located on the west side of the San Jaoquin Valley, faced serious policy changes in the late 1990s when this preliminary study was completed. On the one hand, the Firebaugh Zip Code area encompasses over 200,000 acres of irrigated cropland, which is increasingly dedicated to fresh and processed vegatable and fruit production. On the other hand, evidence of buildup of salts in the soil poses a threat to the continued viability of irrigaged agriculture; some advocates claim this soil contamination presents a threat to the health of residents. This paper describes these challenges. Meanwhile the population of foreign-born residents continues to increase rapidly as a result of the demand for labor needs of intensive crop production. Link to Full Text
Poverty, Housing and the Rural Slum. Policies and the Production of Inequities, Past and Present, by Sarah Ramirez, Don Villarejo, American Journal of Public Health; 102(9):1664-1675, July 19, 2012
The southern San Joaquin Valley has a little known history of mid-Twentieth Century tension between long-settled non-Hispanic white residents and newly arrived immigrants from Mexico. Small enclaves of the new settlers formed outside of municipal boundaries, where some lacked basic sanitatoin services. Pockets of of these rural slums remain today, where many residents of sub-stsandard housing eke out a livelihood at or below the official poverty level. Policy options are also discussed. Link to Full Text
The Health Status of Residents of the East Coachella Valley, by Don Villarejo, Lisa Kresge, Gail Wadsworth, December 31, 2012
Official records pertianing to health status were consulted to obtain a community-wide population health profile of residents of the East Coachella Valley. This is an area where some local residents believe environmental contaminants are responsible for respitory and other diseases among residents. This report was prepared to accompany a large-scale cross-sectional health survey of residents of the region. This project was supported by a grant from The California Endowment. Link to Full Text
"Impact of Expanded Almond Plantings in California," Submitted in evidence to support lawsuit brought by Natural Resources Defense Council against the U.S. Department of Interior re failure to enforce acreage limitation under Federal Reclamation law, 1989, 3 pp. (R)
The rapid expansion of almond plantings in the Sacamento and San Joaquin Valleys has fueled a debate between water conservation environmental advocates and agricultural interests. This 1989 Declaration describes the growth of almond acreage, which was stimulated in part by the availability of abundent supplies of Fedarally-provided, publicly subsidized, irrigation water. Some farmers who were members of the California Action Network believed they were harmed by overproduction of almonds, which drove down prices they received for their crops. Link to Full Text
"Agriculture's Underground Economy," Submitted to the Committee on Revenue and Taxation, California State Assembly, December 8, 1993, 14 pp. (H)
There is evidence that some agricultural employers deliberately understate the payroll amount on which employment taxes are based. Self-reported information provided by 180 representative labor contacttors during interviews conducted in 1990 was compared with EDD records for each employer. There was a systematic difference between the two records for many of the employers who were interviewed, biased toward larger values of self-reported payrolls. Nearly all of the employers who were interviewed were licensed farm labor contractos in California, only a very few lacked the required state license. Link to Full Text
Congressional Testimony, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Resources, April 15, 1998. Link to Full Text
American Invetment in Cuba, New University Thought;1(1):70-88., June 1, 1960
Following the success of the modern Cuban Revolation on January 1, 1959, led by Fidel Castro'a 26th of July Movement, most Americans were ill-informed about the extent of U.S. domination of the island's economy under the former dictator, Fulgencio Batista, who had enjoyed strong support by successive American Presidents. The article, which appeared in the inaugeral issue of "New University Thought," descibes in detail the extensive ownership of Cuba's sugar plantations by American companies, and of the major instractures of the Cuban eonomoy. Link to Full Text
Diamond Walnut Growers, Inc., and the California Walnut Industry, Report prepared for Cannery Workers Union, Local 601, Stockton, CA, May 5, 1992. (F)
During the early 1990s, the large farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, Diamond Walnut Growers, Inc., was the focus of a labor dispute between this processor-packer-shipper and Teamsters Local 601 representing employees at the San Joaquin Valley plant. This report presents a profile of the industry, the company, and of the walnut growers who served on the company's board of directors. The report was prepared for Cannery Workers Union, Local 601. Link to Full Text
Kick the Can: Production and Employment in the West Coast Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industries, Don Villarejo, Shermain Hardesty and David Runsten, U.S. Department of Labor, June 30, 1998.
This report examines the late 20th Century decline of production of processed fruit and of some vegetables. Consumption of canned and other types of processing has plunged during this period. For some vegatbles, notably excluding tomatoes, a similar decrease of consumer prefernce is also apparent. Increasingly, consumers prefer value-added, fresh or fresh-cut produce, typically sold as triple-washed in relatively small bags. The rapidity of this adjustment by consumers suggests that convinence in meal preparation outwieighs the increased costs of the newer forms of distribution. Link to Full Text
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Labor's Dwindling Harvest: The Impact of Mechanization on California Fruit and Vegetable Workers, Paul Barnett, Katherine Bertolucci, Don Villarejo, Regan Weaver and Cindy McNally, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, 1978, 233 pp.
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Critique of: "Migrant Farmworkers: Number and Distribution by Philip L. Martin and James S. Holt", by Don Villarejo, Leo Estrada and Paul Barnett, May 13, 1987 Link to Full Text
Farm Labor Contractors in California, by Howard R. Rosenberg, Suzanne Vaupel, David Runsten, and Don Villarejo, California Agricultural Studies, No. 92-2, Labor Market Information Division, Employment Development Department, State of California, Sacramento, CA, July 1992.
Full text can be found in the UC library system(Melvyl) call number: HD1527.C2 F37 1992 Link to summary
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Farm Worker Needs in California, San Francisco, CA, August 14, 1992, 47 pp.; Revised November 12, 1992, 67 pp.
This report was prepared for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in the early 1990s and provides a portrait of agricultural trends, farm structure, farm labor markets, and the farm labor population itself, culminating in an overview of the main issues of concern to farm labor advocates. Link to Full Text
Where Do California Farm Workers Live and Work? A report prepared for California Rural Legal Assistance, November 22, 1993 Link to Full Text
California's Agricultural Dilemma: Higher Production and Lower Wages, by Don Villarejo and David Runsten, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, December 1993.
A vast surplus of workers, especially recent immigrants, and the decline in power of farm worker organizations and political interests have resulted in the erosion of farm worker wages, working conditions and living conditions over the past decade. This paper explores the causes of and possible solutions to these problems. Link to Full Text
"Farm Worker Housing in California," Don Villarejo and Susan Peck, Chapter in A Home in the Country, Housing Assistance Council, 1994, manuscript.
Promotores de Salud; Work Plan, by California Institute for Rural Studies, Prepared for 1995 US-EPA Environmental Justice grant program, July 1, 1995 Link to Full Text
Privatizing the Costs of the California Farm Labor Force, Invited paper presented to the Conference on the Changing Face of Rural California, The Urban Institute and Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis, June 12-14, 1995. Link to Full Text
California Farm Labor Contractor Data Base - Final Report, November 15, 1996 Link to Full Text
Hired Farm Workers and their Role in Community Food Systems, Invited Paper, Conference on Community Food Systems: Sustaining Farms and People in the Expanding Economy, University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, Davis, CA, October 2-3, 1996, Published as Proceedings, 1997. Link to Full Text
Finding Invisible Farm Workers: The Parlier Survey, Jennifer Sherman, Don Villarejo, Anna Garcia, Steven McCurdy, Ketty Mobed, David Runsten, Kathy Saiki, Steven Samuels and Mark Schenker, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, April 1997.
An innovative sampling technique used in the Parlier Health and Enumeration Survey successfully uncovered the residents of the town's many substandard and unofficial dwellings. This report examines the similarities and differences between the population found in the Parlier Survey and the population found by the Census of Population and other surveys, showing evidence of an undercount by the Census. Link to Full Text
Access to Health Care Among Californina's Rural Working Poor, January 12, 1999 Link to Full Text
Critique: Proposed Allocation Formula for Federal Farworker Service Agencies, Febrary 1, 1999 Link to Full Text
Health Care Among California's Hired Farm workers, Invited Paper, published in Expansion of Health Care to the Working Poor, CPRC Report, California Program on Access to Care, California Policy Research Center, University of California, pp. 51-76, 1999. Link to Full Text
The Health of Children Hired to Work on U.S. Farms, Final Performance Report of the California Institute for Rural Studies to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, under Grant No. RO1/CCR914371-01, Childhood Agricultural Safety and Health Research Program, February 2000.
Hired Farm Worker Health Needs Assessment, Invited paper, Symposium on the National Agricultural Worker Survey, "NAWS at 10," Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis, October 7, 2000. Link to Full Text
Research Brief. Summarizing the Key Findings of an Important New Study, A Summary of the Report Suffering in Silence: A Report on the Health of California's Agricultural Workers, Don Villarejo, David Lighthall, Daniel Williams III, Ann Souter, Richard Mines, Bonnie Bade, Steve Samuels, and Stephen A. McCurdy, California Institute for Rural Studies & The California Endowment, November 2000, 4 pp. Link to Full Text
Suffering in Silence: A Report on the Health of California's Agricultural Workers, Don Villarejo et al, California Institute for Rural Studies & The California Endowment, November 2000.
The California Agricultural Worker Health Survey (CAWHS) is a statewide health study of 971 California farm workers that was conducted by CIRS in 1999 with funding from The California Endowment. The survey represents the first randomized health study of farmworkers conducted in the United States. The survey encompassed: (1) levels of health care utilization by the participants' household; (2) current health status; (3) work history; (4) immigration status; (5) workplace conditions and training; (6) housing conditions; (7) wage rates and household income; and (8) occupational conditions, safety training, and injuries. Participants were also asked to participate in physical exams where baseline data on blood chemistry was collected. This landmark study brings the health crisis affecting California's farmworkers to the fore and provides the first-ever baseline health data for farmworkers in California. Link to Full Text
Living at the Edge: Mexican Origin Farm Worker in Rural California, Invited paper, Urban Institute and University of California Conference on Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural California, El Centro, California, January 16, 2001. Link to Full Text
California's Agricultural Labor Relations Act: Farm Labor Protections at the Turn of the Century, Miriam Wells and Don Villarejo, February 9, 2001, Manuscript submitted.
The Bounty of Food: The Poverty of Health, The California Endowment CEO Task Force on Agricultural Worker Health, 2001. Hon. Esteban E. Torres, Chair; Vibiana Andrade, Juan Arambula, Douglas Blaylock, Diana Bonta, Henry Cisneros, Irma Cota, Ralph de Leon, Don Dressler, George Flores, Dean Florez, David Hayes-Bautista, Jane Henderson, Ilene Jacobs, Marta Lopez, Dona Mast, Adolfo Mata, Deborah V. Ortiz, Sarah Reyes, Marcia Sablan, Helen Thomson, Arnoldo Torres, Don Villarejo, Members. Link to Full Text
Access to Health Care for California's Hired Farm Workers: A Baseline Report, Don Villarejo, David Lighthall, Daniel Williams III, Ann Souter, Richard Mines, Bonnie Bade, Steve Samuals, and Stephen A. McCurdy, Research Findings: A Working Paper Provided from the Author's Pages, California Program on Access to Care, California Policy Research Center, University of California, Invited paper presented to the Binational Forum on Migrant Health: Tenemos Historia Hacemos Futuro, October 19, 2001, 45 pp plus 15 Figures. Link to Full Text
The Health of U.S. Hired Farm Workers Annual Reviews of Public Health; 24:175-193, September 25, 2002
This report summarizes the state of knowledge about U.S. hired farm worker health as of 2002. The article includes recommendations for future research, notably to include modests physical examinations in new studies of this populaiotn, as well as suggestions for futher reading and how to contacts with health professionals who serve this population. Link to Full Text
Who's In Charge? Labor Market Intermediaries in California Employment, March 25, 2003
Labor market intermediaries became the fastest growing segement of the employed U.S. labor force during late 20th Century as outsourcing of hiring was increasingly adopted in many industries, including manufacturing. The industry with the greatest reliance on contracted labor services is agriclture. This unpublished manuscript provides a detailed examination of business and labor practices among California's farm labor contractors. See also the accompanying bibliography. Link to Full Text
Are Migration and Free Trade Appropriate Forms of Economic Development? The Case of Mexico and U.S. Agriculture Journal of International Law & Policy; 9(2):175-207, April 1, 2003 Link to Full Text
State Structures and Social Movement Strategies: The Shaping of Farm Labor Protections in California, by Miriam Wells, Don Villarejo, Politics & Society; 32(3):291-326, September 1, 2004 Link to Full Text
Mendocino County Hired Farm Workers, Prepared for the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. March 4, 2005 Link to Full Text
Living Conditions, Health and California's Agricultural Workers, by Bonnie Bade and Don Villarejo, September 1, 2005 Link to Full Text
Farm Labor Research Needs: How Do Workers Fare When Production Increases? June 14, 2006 Link to Full Text
An Assessment of the Demand for Farmworker Housing in Napa County, by Ron Strochlic, Don Villarejo, Sandra Nichols, Cathy Wirth, Raoul Lievanos, California Institute for Rural Studies, March 1, 2007 Link to Full Text
An Assessment of the Demand for Farm Worker Housing and Transportation in Mendocino County, by Ron Strochlic, Lisa Kresge, Don Villarejo, Cathy Wirth, California Institute for Rural Studies, August 1, 2008 Link to Full Text
Health Care Access Among Undocumented Farm Laborers in California, March 21, 2009 Link to Full Text
Comments on JBS Estimates of Farm Laborers Eligible for Health Services, August 26, 2009 Link to Full Text
The Health of California's Immigrant Farm Laborers, by Don Villarejo, Stephen A. McCurdy, Bonnie Bade, Steve Samuels, David Lighthall, Daniel Williams III, American Journal of Industrial Medicine; 53(4):387-397, November 22, 2009 Link to Full Text
The Challenge of Housing California's Hired Farm Laborers Rural Housing, Exurbanization, and Amenity-Driven Development; Chapter 11, pp. 207-222. January 1, 2011 Link to Full Text
Health-related Inequities Among Hired Farm Workers and the Resurgence of Labor-intensive Agriculture Health Program, The Kresge Foundation, December 1, 2012 Link to Full Text
Improving the health of agricultural workers and their families in California, by Marc B. Schenker, Stephen A. McCurdy, Heather Riden, Don Villarejo, February 1, 2015 Link to Full Text
A New Paradigm Is Needed for Labor Relations in Agriculture: California Agriculture and Farm Labor, 1974-2014, June 24, 2015 Link to Full Text
The Tomato Industry in California and Baja California, by David Runsten, Roberta Cook, Anna Garcia and Don Villarejo, U.S. Commission on Agricultural Workers, Case Studies and Research Reports, Appendix I, February 1993.
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Agriculture & Immigration Issues in the 1990s, Book Chapter of Immigration Reform and U.S. Agriculture, Philip Martin, Ed., University of California, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, April 1995. Link to Full Text
Employer Sanction Citations in California Agriculture, September 11, 1997 Link to Full Text
"Foreword," Forum for Transnational Employment, California Institute for Rural Studies, April 2001.
This anthology of research reports and policy essays focuses on alternatives to the status quo in immigration law. In light of the debate in Washington, D.C regarding guest-worker legislation, this publication provides a timely foundation for debate and progressive policy development. It also offers a much-needed historical perspective on this pressing issue. Foreward
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Patterns of Employer Sanctions Enforcement in the U.S. and California, by Don Villarejo, Miriam Wells. Report submitted to the University of California Institute for Labor and Employment and the National Science Foundation, October 18, 2003 Link to Full Text
Research for Action: A Guidebook to Public Records Investigation, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis CA, 1980, 112pp.
This classic guidebook to public records investigation returns to the publications listing due to popular demand. Although somewhat dated, many of the techniques it teaches are still relevant today, and it remains an essential tool. Introduction
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New Method for Surveying Farm Worker Populations, Don Villarejo and David Runsten, Poster Presentation, The First National Conference for NIOSH-Sponsored Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention, February 1, 1994.
Description of sampling method using systematic identification of all where individuals are found to be living, including unconventional living spaces. Link to Full Text
Hired Farm Worker health Survey, Outline of Methodology, June 1, 1999 Link to Full Text
Groups Call for Immediate Suspension of Pesticide Causing Birth Defects, statements by Cesar E. Chavez, Ralph Lighstone, Marion Moses, Lawrie Mott, Michale Picker, Don Villarejo, October 6, 1986 Link to Full Text
A Review of Economic Models Used to Assess the Impact of Canceling Pesticide Registrations, Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, December 1995.
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A Critique of the Report "Economic Impact of Methyl Bromide Cancellation", Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, January 1996.
Critique of the January 1996 report by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which described economic impacts that were predicted to result from the potential suspension of the pesticide methyl bromide. The CDFA report is found to be seriously in error, based on faulty economic analysis. Link to Full Text
Pesticide Cancellation and Kentucky Windage, Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, Article in Choices, Third Quarter 1996.
The Parathion Ban: A Modern Parable of the Blind Man and Elephant - A Response, Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, article in Choices, Second Quarter 1997.
Economics and Pesticide Regulation, Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, Comment in Choices, p. 44, Fourth Quarter 1997.
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How Effective are Voluntary Agricultural Pesticide Use Reduction Programs: A Study of Pesticide Use in California Almond and Walnut Production, Don Villarejo and Charles V. Moore, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, October 1998.
Total pesticide use in U.S. agriculture has continued to increase in recent years. This report examines the effectiveness of programs designed to reduce pesticide use among California almond and walnut growers. Link to Full Text
Information and Pest Management: A Study of the Impact of Information Availability and Pesticide Use in California Almond and Walnut Production, Charles V. Moore and Don Villarejo, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, October 1998.
This report compares pesticide use by two carefully matched cohort groups of almond and walnut growers in California's Central Valley: one group advised by independent pest control advisors, and one group advised by chemical company representatives. Data on advisor fees, pesticide use and expenditure, yields and rejection rates are all analyzed. Link to Full Text
New Lands for Agriculture: The California State Water Project, Don Villarejo with the assistance of Jude Crisfield and Phyllis White, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, 1981, 16pp.
A detailed examination of land ownership and use in the San Joaquin Valley service area of the State Water Project. This report explains the expansion of California agriculture into previously uncultivated areas of the state. Link to Full Text
Agricultural Land Ownership and Operations in the 49,000 Acre Drainage Study Area of the Westlands Water District, Report 060-A, Assembly Office of Research, California State Assembly, Sacramento, CA, February 1985, 37 pp.
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How Much is Enough? Federal Water Subsidies and Agriculture in California's Central Valley, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis CA, 1986, 115pp. Link to Full Text
Some Factors Influencing Future Agricultural Water Demand in California's Central Valley, Don Villarejo, with the assistance of Stephanie Mandel, Final Report submitted to the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior, May 30, 1986, 44 pp. (R)
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Westlands Water District: Land of Super-Farms and Super Subsidies, August 7, 1986 Link to Full Text
Land Ownerhip in the Grasslands Study Area, Report submitted to San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, September 30, 1987 Link to Full Text
Missed Opportunities, Squandered Resource: Why Prosperity Brought by Water Doesn't Trickle Down in California's Central Valley, Don Villarejo and Judith Redmond, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis CA, 1988, 78 pp.
Findings of a study into implementation of reclamation law in the Westlands Water District where huge farm operations receive federally subsidized irrigation water. The study documents the methods by which these farms evade federal acreage limitations, and the report describes the impact on rural communities. Link to Full Text
Impact of Reduced Water Supplies on Central Valley Agriculture, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, California, February 1995.
The extended period of drought in California from 1987-1992, and the accompanying reductions of federal irrigation water to Central Valley agriculture, provide a real-world case study of the likely effects of permanents cuts in water for farming. This report examines the impact of reduced Central Valley Project water deliveries on agricultural production, and discusses related policy issues. Link to Full Text
93640 at Risk: Farmers, Workers and Townspeople in an Era of Water Uncertainty, California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, CA, March 1996.
In this detailed case study of the effect of the 1987-1992 droughts on the farm town of Mendota, CIRS finds that irrigation cutbacks have hurt farm communities. It was discovered that reductions of irrigation deliveries from the Central Valley Project adversely affected farm employment and wages, which in turn caused declines in produce packing and shipping, as well as local spending, retail sales, taxes, and city revenue. Link to Full Text
U.S. Federal Reclamation Programs. A Record of Technical Success and Social Failure Proceedings. El Seminario Regadios y Estructuras de Poder, Universidad Internacional Menedez Pelayo, Valencia, Spain, September 11, 1997 Link to Full Text
Jobless After a Man-made Drought, A Report to the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission and the Fresno County Workforce Investment Board, August 31, 2004 Link to Full Text
Social and Economic Concerns, Invited Paper, June 6-7, 1990, Conference on Health Concerns of Living and Working in Agricultural California, School of Public Health & Cooperative Extension Service, University of California, Davis. Link to Full Text
Agriculture and Workers Compensation in New Mexico, California Institute for Rural Studies, Inc. August 23, 1994 Link to Full Text
New Directions in the Surveillance of Hired Farm Worker Health and Occupational Safety, A Report of the Work Group Convened by NIOSH, May 5, 1995, to Identify Priorities for Hired Farm Worker Occupational Health Surveillance and Research. Valerie Wilk & Rose Holden, Co-Chairs;
Susan Bauer, Susan Brock, Edward Hendrikson, Matthew Keifer, Gina Lombardi, Paul Monahan, Michael O'Malley, Salvador Sandoval, Emma Torres, Don Villarejo, Members.
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Can Safety and Health on Farms be Improved Through Strengthening Ethical Behaviors as Derived from Agri-Cultures? Don Villarejo, Keynote Address, National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, June 23-27, 1996, Published as Proceedings, 1997.
1996 Summer Conference, National Institute for Farm Safety, Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. This paper explores the development of ethical principles in agriculture that directly address occupational health and safety issues. Link to Full Text
Assessment of Health Risks to Farm Workers of Agricultural Pesticide Use in Santa Clara County, California Institute for Rural Studies, Inc. January 16, 1997 Link to Full Text
The Health Status of California's Hired Farm Workers, solicited by Joel Diringer, November 6, 1997 Link to Full Text
Farm Labor Contractors and Safety in the Fields, Platform Presentation, The Second National Conference for NIOSH-Sponsored Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention, Fort Collins, CO, March 1995, Published as Proceedings by the High Plains Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Colorado State University, 1997.
Documents changes in employment among farm workers with a shift toward farm labor contractors. 1993 Link to Full Text
Safety Law Enforcement in California Agriculture, Don Villarejo, Paper Presented to Third NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Conference, Ames, Iowa, March 24-26, 1996, Published as Proceedings by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, 1997.
How Farm Workers Perceive the Worker Protection Standard of U.S. EPA, by Don Villarejo and Celia Prado, Procedigs. Conference on Health and Safety in Western Agriculture, Agricultural Health and Safety Center, Unviersity of California, Davis, June 1, 1997 Link to Full Text
Occupational Injury Rates Among Hired Farmworkers, Proceedings of National Conference on Agricultural Health and Safety, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia, July 1997, Journal of Agricultural Health & Safety, Special Issue (1), 39-46, 1998. Full Text
Workplace Health-and-Safety Violations in Agriculture: Epidemiology and Implications for Education and Environmental Policy. By Stephen A. McCurdy, Don Villarejo and Maria Stoecklin, California Policy Seminar, December 1, 1998.
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"Occupational Safety and Health of U.S. Hired Farm Workers," Don Villarejo and Sherry Baron, in Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, Special Populations, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 613-635, July-September 1999.
The Occupational Health Status of Hired Farm Workers, by Don Villarejo, Sherry L. Baron, Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Review; 14(3):613-635. July 1, 1999 Link to Full Text
The Health of Children Hired to Work on U.S. Farms, February 11, 2000 Link to Full Text
Policies to Improve the Health and Well-being of California's Hired Farm Workers, by Don Villarejo, Marc Schenker, November 17, 2005 Link to Full Text
Environmental Health Policy and California's Farm Labor Housing, by Don Villarejo, Marc Schenker, John Muir Institute on the Environment, Unviersity of California, Davis, May 1, 2007 Link to Full Text
The California Agricultural Workers Health Survey, by Don Villarejo, Stephen A. McCurdy, Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health; 14(2):135-146. April 1, 2008 Link to Survey
Heat-related Occupational Illnesses in California Agriculture: Prevention and Regulatory Effectiveness, April 27, 2009 Link to Full Text
(Un)Safe at Home: The Health Consequences of Sub-standard Farm Labor Housing, by Don Villarejo, Marc Schenker, Ann Moss Joyner, Allan Parnell, California Rural Assistance, Inc. June 3, 2010 Link to Full Text
Celebration of Don Villarejo's Career: Remarks, December 10, 2012 Link to Full Text
The Status of Farm Labor Housing and the Health of Workers, March 6, 2015 Link to Full Text
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