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May 2021

Top-down Farm Worker Estimates

How many farm workers are there in each state? This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. A farm worker is usually defined as a person who works for wages on a farm, whether for one day or for 365 days. There are many types of farm workers, from field workers who harvest crops for a few weeks or months to equipment operators and irrigators to supervisors, mechanics, and those who work with animals year-round.

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Farm Worker Wages and Employment: COA and QCEW

The two major sources of data on farm worker employment and wages are the Census of Agriculture and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The COA reported that expenses for farm labor were $39 billion in 2017, while the QCEW reported that wages paid to crop and livestock farm workers (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, and 1152) were $40 billion.

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World wine in 2020

World wine production exceeded wine consumption in 2020, putting downward pressure on wine prices. Global wine production was 260 million hectoliters or 6.9 billion gallons in 2020, while wine consumption was 235 million hectoliters or 6.2 billion gallons (one hectoliter is 26.4 gallons).

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