USDA Wants Farm Labor Data

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service  (NASS) will conduct its biannual Agricultural Labor Survey in October. There will be over 500 Wisconsin farmers and ranchers asked to participate in the survey. The survey can completed online at or by mail. The survey is an opportunity for producers to provide accurate information about hired farm labor, including total number of hired farm workers, total hours worked, and total wages paid for the weeks of July 9-15 and Oct. 8-14, 2023. 

Survey recipients who do not respond by Oct. 18 could also be contacted by NASS to arrange an interview or sent a reminder email. NASS will publish the data Nov. 22 in the Farm Labor report available at 

“We ask about two separate time periods each time we collect these data in order to publish biannual data and capture seasonal variation,” said Greg Bussler, NASS’s Wisconsin state statistician. “This method reduces the number of times we survey farms, while ensuring  useful data are available.”  

USDA and the U.S. Department of Labor use the survey data to estimate the demand for and availability of seasonal agricultural workers, establish minimum wage rates for agricultural workers, and administer farm labor recruitment and placement service programs. 

“By participating in NASS’s Agricultural Labor Survey, farmers and  ranchers help ensure accurate information for farm programs,” said Bussler

For more information about the Farm Labor survey program, visit or call the NASS Wisconsin Field Office at (608)