The farm labor conflict has been volatile for over three quarters of a century in California's rich agriculture valleys. The most recent years of this struggle have been associated with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Worker's Union (UFW). A new element, the Nisei Farmers League (NFL), also emerged during the same time period. The NFL was formed in 1971 after some Japanese American farmers were picketed and their property damaged by persons sympathetic to the UFW. These growers charged that they had been “singled out” by the UFW in their area. Their ranches are located in central San Joaquin Valley in Fresno and Tulare Counties. The group was formed to counter the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee's efforts to unionize local farm laborers.

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