More than 76,400 people make their living each year as employees on Wisconsin farms. Their educational background and other skills and characteristics vary widely. Both employees and farmers want to be informed about how farm labor is recruited, and what their most valuable characteristics are.
To assist them, the University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) FARM Team conducted a survey of Wisconsin farms. UWEX Agriculture Agents submitted the contact information for 417 farms from 38 counties around the state. Some agents sent the survey directly to producers in their county or included the survey in a newsletter. There was also an on-line option for completing the survey. A total of 220 producers from 38 counties completed the survey. The survey was conducted from late January to mid-April 2013.
Paper no. 1 – Farm Employee Characteristics (PDF, 290KB)