Interconnected: What's at stake in immigration, trade, and the Farm Bill in 2019?

2007 Farm Bill Migration

Cover of a report on the 2007 Farm Bill from IATP.

November 29th, 2018 at 6:30pm CST

Location: IATP Office, 2105 First Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55404

U.S. Trade and Foreign Policy, especially in agriculture, has been a primary driver of migration to the United States from Mexico and Central America. But it also led to the steep decline in U.S. family farms. IATP has been writing and speaking on the connection between trade and migration since our founding, but the intersection is still not widely understood. 

With the failure to pass a Farm Bill in 2018, and the new Congress's consideration of a NAFTA replacement, 2019 is going to be a pivotal year for immigration, trade and farm policy, as we continue to resist the destructive agenda of the Trump administration and work for climate justice in agriculture. Our panel will discuss what the next year may hold in this arena and answer questions you may have. Please RSVP here.


Ben head shotBen Lilliston is the Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.  Ben has been working and writing about international trade issues and how they intersect with U.S. agricultural policy  since 2000, including multiple World Trade Organization Ministerials, the passage of CAFTA, several Farm Bills and  now current trade debates. Ben has been writing furiously over the past two years on the effects of the NAFTA  renegotiation and the 2018 Farm Bill and what they mean for farmers, consumers, and the land, including the  reports, What’s at stake for farmers, food and the land in a new NAFTAand Missing the Mark(et): Farm Bill Reforms  for Higher Value Markets


Francisco SegoviaFrancisco Segovia is the Executive Director of COPAL-MN, a grassroots, statewide organization whose mission is to unite Latinos in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines. Francisco has been building networks and coalitions with and across diverse communities in order to collectively change the conditions that limit people’s choices for over two decades, including serving fourteen years as the Director of Waite House in South Minneapolis before founding COPAL, which is a member of Alianza Americas, who IATP has partnered with in the last year to raise the visibility of the connection between trade and migration policies.


Filiberto NolascoFiliberto Nolasco Gomez is the Editor of Workday Minnesota at the University of Minnesota. He is ABD in Latin American History and has worked for many social justice organization as an organizer, journalist and researcher. In the last year he has done significant research on the role of immigrants in the industrial livestock industry especially dairy and meat processing in Southwest Minnesota, which we touched on in Uprooted Episode 26: The Goings on in Minnesota.



The panel will be moderated by Josh Wise, IATP's Director of Development and Communications.

This event is co-sponsored by The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Alianza Americas, and COPAL-MN