Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

January 2007


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 01/24/2007. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


As farm sizes increase, questions related to labor management, employee working conditions and employee wages become more important. Farm operators want to know if the wages they are providing are competitive and employees want to ensure they are being compensated fairly. The most comprehensive set of information on farm wages in this region is a report published by Iowa State University in 2006. This resulted from a survey of Iowa farmers who employ one or more workers on a full-time basis. Another source of information is the periodic report of farm wages published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).