Thursday, September 8, 2016

Farm Labor Survey Begins Next Month

During the second half of October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual Farm Labor Survey. 

NASS will reach out to more than 1,400 producers to accurately measure hired labor on Northeastern farms.

“Farm labor is a key component of the entire agricultural economy,” said King Whetstone, director of the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office. “Farmers who respond to the survey provide timely, relevant data that farmers, associations, and leaders in the public and private sectors use to make all sorts of important policy and business decisions.”

The USDA and the Department of Labor will use the statistics obtained from farmers to help establish minimum wage rates for agricultural workers, administer farm labor recruitment and placement service programs, and assist legislators in determining labor policies.

The survey asks participants to provide information about farm labor on their operations, including total number of hired farm workers, hours worked, and wage rates paid for the weeks of Oct. 9-15 and July 10-16, 2016. 

For their convenience, survey participants will have the option to respond online at or by mail. NASS will compile, analyze and publish survey results in the Farm Labor report, to be released Nov. 17.

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