Agricultural Forestry and Fishing Workforce Data

Overview of Northeast Agricultural Workforce

Farm Size by Hired Workers No. Hired Farm Worker No. Operators Combined %
0 - 5 Workers 64,612 262,252 326,864 64%
6 - 9 Workers 31,186 8,446 39,632 8%
10 - 20 Workers 41,974 6,280 48,254 9%
21 or More Workers 91,654 4,144 95,798 19%
Total - - 510,548 100%
Organic Farming No. Hired Farm Worker No. Operators Combined %
Farms w/ Organic Production 10,074 7,351 17,425 3%
Farms w/o Organic Production 219,352 273,771 493,123 97%
Total - - 510,548 100%
Northeast Agriculture Workforce Estimates by commodity, 2007 No. Hired Farm Worker No. Operators Combined %
Greenhouse, nursery, & flor. prod. 53,505 19,323 72,828 14%
Hay farming 13,631 50,560 64,191 13%
Dairy cattle and milk production 34,279 27,962 62,241 12%
Aquaculture & other animal prod. 16,965 42,101 59,066 12%
Fruit and tree nut farming 43,179 13,893 57,072 11%
Beef cattle ranching and farming 10,604 42,436 53,040 10%
Vegetable and melon farming 28,214 13,111 41,325 8%
Mixed crop farming 3,892 21,656 25,548 5%
Grain and oilseed farming 7,878 15,944 23,822 5%
Poultry and egg production 8,930 14,107 23,037 5%
Others less than 5% 1,808 11,139 12,947 6%
Total 229,426 281,122 510,548 100%

Source: NASS 2007 Census of Agriculture

Table 1. Distribution of total employment in agriculture, forestry, and fishing by detailed industry, 2008

(Employment in thousands)
Industry Employment %
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing - Total 2,098.3 100%
- - -
Crop production 950.6 45.3%
Animal production 860.6 41.0%
Support activities for agriculture and forestry 141.3 6.7%
Logging 82.0 3.9%
Fishing, hunting and trapping 47.0 2.2%
Forestry 16.8 0.8%

Source: BLS Division of Industry Employment Projections, 2008