Ag Wages-Labor Higher and Holiday Ham Prices Up

Ag Wages-Labor Higher and Holiday Ham Prices Up

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, Iā€™m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Both wages and the number of farm labor workers are up compared with a year ago.

A new USDA farm labor report indicates farm operators directly employed 809,000 workers during the week of October 6-12, up 3% from the same week last year.

According to, the report says farm operators paid their hired workers an average gross wage of $15.02 an hour during that same week, up 4% from a year ago, and field workers an average of $14.38 per hour, up 5%.

**With one holiday here and Christmas on the way, will consumers planning to serve up a ham think twice due to price? reports, USDA data shows wholesale ham prices have almost doubled this year to 93.86 cents a pound as of November 20th .

The record in 2014 was $1.4368, about 57% higher than current levels.

Despite tariff barriers, China is still buying up U.S. pork.


**The American Farm Bureau Federation's 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $48.91, less than $5.00 per person, and a 1-cent increase from last year.

AFBF Chief Economist, Dr. John Newton tells, the average cost of this year's

Thanksgiving dinner is essentially unchanged, following three years of decline.

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