DOVER — Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse is asking farmers across Delaware to participate in an Agricultural Labor Survey.
The survey is hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It is scheduled for release in mid-October.
The survey will collect information about hired labor from nearly 90 Delaware farmers, a news release from Mr. Scuse’s office states.
USDA and the U.S. Department of Labor use statistics gathered in the survey to establish minimum wage rates for agricultural workers, administer farm labor recruitment and placement service programs, and assist legislators in determining labor policies, the release states.
The survey will ask questions about hired farm labor, including the total number of workers, the total hours worked and total base and gross wages paid for the weeks of July 11-17 and Oct. 10-16.
Participants may securely respond to the survey at agcounts.usda.gov instead of mailing the forms back.
The results of the survey will be available in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, the release states. NASS will compile, analyze and publish survey results from more than 2,000 farmers and ranchers across the 11-state northeastern region in the Nov. 24 Farm Labor report.
All previous Farm Labor publications are available online at usda.library.cornell.edu/concern/publications/x920fw89s.
For more information on the surveys and reports, call the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at 1-800-498-1518.