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USDA’s Agricultural Labor Survey to include Minnesota farms

The National Agricultural Statistics Survey will contact over 600 Minnesota farmers.

April 8, 2019

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LABOR NUMBERS NEEDED: USDA NASS will be contacting more than 600 Minnesota farmers later this month to survey them about hired labor that work on their farms.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct its biannual Agricultural Labor Survey during the second half of April.

The survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 600 Minnesota farmers and ranchers.

“The beginning of the year is the time when agricultural producers plan out the rest of their growing seasons and it is a great time to assess on-farm labor needs,” says Dan Lofthus, NASS Minnesota state statistician. “The data that farm operators provide through NASS’s Agricultural Labor Survey allow federal policymakers to base farm labor policies on accurate information.”

USDA and the U.S. Department of Labor use statistics gathered in the Agricultural Labor Survey to establish minimum wage rates for agricultural workers, administer farm labor recruitment and placement service programs, and assist legislators in determining labor policies.

In the survey, NASS asks participants to answer a variety of questions about hired farm labor on their operations, including total number of hired farm workers, the total hours worked, base wage rate, and total gross wages paid for the weeks of January 6-12 and April 7-13. For their convenience, survey participants have the option to respond online.

“By asking about two separate time periods during each of the two times we collect data during the year, we are able to publish quarterly data and capture seasonal variation,” Lofthus says. “This approach reduces the number of times we survey farm businesses while ensuring that accurate and timely data are available.”

NASS will compile, analyze and publish survey results in the May 30 Farm Labor report.

All NASS reports are available online at nass.usda.gov.

For more information, call the NASS Upper Midwest Regional Field Office at 800-772-0825.

Source: NASS Minnesota State Office, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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