Economic Tidbits

Fewer Farm & Ranch Workers

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported farm and ranch operations in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota employed 37,000 workers in April, unchanged compared to last year but down 5,000 workers compared to four years ago. Farm workers were paid an average of $19.68 per hour, up 6 percent from last year. Field workers received an average wage of $21.12 per hour, up $1.77, and livestock workers earned $17.17 per hour, up $0.33. Hired laborers worked an average of 44.4 hours this year compared with 41.8 hours in April 2023.

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