Presentation Title

Support Program Participation Among U.S. Agricultural Workers

Faculty Mentor

Luis Sanchez

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

48

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

This study uses secondary data collected by National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) to examine social, demographic, and geographic characteristics among U.S. agricultural workers and their access to government support programs. Some examples of those support programs are Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Migrant Seasonal Head Start Program (MSHS), and Public Aid Program. Previous research has found low SNAP participation among U.S. agricultural workers since 2003 with a slight increase after the 2008 recession (Medel-Herrero, and Leigh 2017).

My preliminary findings demonstrate demographic and geographic differences in accessing support programs. I find that male agricultural workers are less likely to access public aid at about 16%, while female agricultural workers’ participation rate is at nearly 30%. In addition, there’s about 13% SNAP participation among agricultural workers outside of California, while California agricultural workers exhibit a SNAP participation rate of about 8%.

This study is significant because agricultural workers represent a vulnerable population among low-wage workers in the United States. Lastly, the conditions and circumstances of agricultural workers might have profound consequences for their children.

References

Medel-Herrero, Alvaro, and J. Paul Leigh. 2008. “Changing SNAP Participation Trends Among Farmworker Households in the U.S., 2003-2012.” Immigrant Minority Health 20(3):507-516.

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Support Program Participation Among U.S. Agricultural Workers

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This study uses secondary data collected by National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) to examine social, demographic, and geographic characteristics among U.S. agricultural workers and their access to government support programs. Some examples of those support programs are Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Migrant Seasonal Head Start Program (MSHS), and Public Aid Program. Previous research has found low SNAP participation among U.S. agricultural workers since 2003 with a slight increase after the 2008 recession (Medel-Herrero, and Leigh 2017).

My preliminary findings demonstrate demographic and geographic differences in accessing support programs. I find that male agricultural workers are less likely to access public aid at about 16%, while female agricultural workers’ participation rate is at nearly 30%. In addition, there’s about 13% SNAP participation among agricultural workers outside of California, while California agricultural workers exhibit a SNAP participation rate of about 8%.

This study is significant because agricultural workers represent a vulnerable population among low-wage workers in the United States. Lastly, the conditions and circumstances of agricultural workers might have profound consequences for their children.

References

Medel-Herrero, Alvaro, and J. Paul Leigh. 2008. “Changing SNAP Participation Trends Among Farmworker Households in the U.S., 2003-2012.” Immigrant Minority Health 20(3):507-516.