FARM AND FARM-RELATED EMPLOYMENT*
Nebraska - 1981 to 2002                        
                    2002
Farm industries 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Total Metro Non-Metro
Farming                  
Farm production 69,594 66,728 66,557 68,528 67,283 67,864 68,346 65,554 64,897 63,138 7,490 55,648
  Farm proprietors 55,764 55,121 54,975 54,230 53,393 54,245 53,937 53,102 51,717 50,754 6,443 44,311
  Farm wage & salary 13,830 11,607 11,582 14,298 13,890 13,619 14,409 12,452 13,180 12,384 1,047 11,337
Closely Related
Ag services 4,241 4,614 5,354 5,803 5,107 3,776 4,262 4,123 4,916 5,193 1,493 3,700
Ag input industries 15,977 17,006 16,992 18,720 18,875 16,110 15,098 14,886 14,173 13,222 4,257 8,965
  Ag chemicals 526 493 448 445 443 415 456 282 274 241 66 175
  Farm machinery & equip 5,245 5,928 5,861 6,027 6,392 8,020 7,144 7,342 7,401 6,279 2,570 3,709
  Farm supply & machinery 10,145 10,484 10,586 12,136 11,886 7,499 7,314 7,034 6,182 6,274 1,316 4,958
  Commodity contract 61 101 97 112 154 176 184 228 316 428 305 123
Ag processing & marketing 39,852 41,343 42,252 44,529 43,750 45,088 43,872 43,056 45,035 42,373 17,216 25,157
  Meat products 18,942 20,319 21,371 24,049 24,184 24,450 24,218 23,842 26,596 25,501 10,024 15,477
  Dairy products  1,271 939 893 760 960 1,008 1,021 983 1,033 1,068 426 642
  Canned frozen fr&veg 1,811 2,346 2,253 2,055 2,002 1,881 1,784 1,835 1,368 1,014 570 444
  Grain mill products 2,966 3,315 3,363 3,402 3,314 3,444 3,382 3,371 3,407 3,320 1,440 1,880
  Bakery products 1,661 2,247 1,626 1,652 1,634 1,621 1,610 1,646 1,696 2,089 1,517 572
  Sugar & confectioner 396 433 503 421 445 358 352 450 468 336 92 244
  Fats & oils products 662 532 582 576 715 174 173 258 297 268 177 91
  Beverages 601 355 421 432 397 488 419 400 490 516 306 210
  Misc food prep prod. 677 654 886 1,015 1,060 1,619 1,475 1,428 1,884 1,555 1,263 292
  Tobacco products 0 0 0 0 3 25 28 28 25 10 0 10
  Apparel & textiles 1,598 1,587 1,506 1,256 1,312 1,423 1,255 822 908 440 196 244
  Leather products 525 512 445 445 556 731 680 600 325 207 172 35
  Packaging 284 223 227 331 344 562 552 515 426 333 190 143
  Farm raw material 7,712 7,214 7,420 7,466 6,306 6,715 5,428 6,246 5,425 5,255 584 4,671
  Warehousing 746 667 756 669 518 589 495 532 687 461 259 202
Peripherally Related
Ag wholesale retail 103,333 103,000 105,441 105,807 103,391 125,030 123,310 129,640 116,223 113,781 66,597 47,184
Indirect agribusines 1,961 2,055 2,022 2,033 2,083 3,328 3,186 3,274 2,472 1,876 1,323 553
Total Farm & Farm-Related 234,958 234,746 238,618 245,420 240,489 261,196 258,074 260,533 247,716 239,583 98,376 141,207
All Other 780,373 806,567 849,229 869,616 864,323 863,736 883,026 902,186 912,547 941,248 597,214 344,034
Total All Employment 1,015,331 1,041,313 1,087,847 1,115,036 1,104,812 1,124,932 1,141,100 1,162,719 1,160,263 1,181,011 659,590 521,421
  Farm as % of Total 23.1% 22.5% 21.9% 22.0% 21.8% 23.2% 22.6% 22.4% 21.3% 20.3% 14.9% 27.1%
  1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
Farming                        
Farm production 86,669 83,725 88,348 84,159 81,427 75,776 77,713 76,802 73,962 72,057 70,177 69,407
  Farm proprietors 64,827 62,663 65,552 63,660 62,465 60,612 59,824 58,276 57,679 57,409 56,110 56,169
  Farm wage & salary 21,842 21,062 22,796 20,499 18,962 15,164 17,889 18,526 16,283 14,648 14,067 13,238
Closely Related
Ag services 2,562 2,915 3,129 2,881 2,818 2,908 2,873 3,051 3,205 3,434 3,672 4,142
Ag input industries 20,635 19,219 17,249 17,281 16,469 13,637 13,269 13,303 13,842 14,707 15,037 15,080
  Ag chemicals 752 1,065 947 1,013 1,030 661 617 502 409 423 513 520
  Farm machinery & equip 8,514 6,944 5,625 5,795 5,745 4,245 3,855 4,513 4,891 5,673 5,558 4,993
  Farm supply & machinery 11,299 11,110 10,525 10,194 9,627 8,691 8,748 8,245 8,488 8,558 8,906 9,494
  Commodity contract 70 100 152 279 67 40 49 43 54 53 60 73
Ag processing & marketing 39,020 38,159 35,042 34,430 33,892 33,926 32,557 35,144 35,152 34,630 39,399 39,051
  Meat products 14,480 15,009 13,391 12,731 13,303 14,163 12,672 15,176 15,083 14,757 18,994 17,575
  Dairy products  1,289 1,498 1,333 1,385 1,286 1,310 1,267 1,004 1,044 1,154 1,130 1,071
  Canned frozen fr&veg 1,071 1,022 1,143 1,680 1,651 1,394 1,547 1,487 1,547 1,367 1,818 1,905
  Grain mill products 4,222 3,720 3,510 3,408 3,244 3,206 3,061 3,258 3,177 3,239 3,385 3,441
  Bakery products 1,789 1,815 1,593 1,656 1,646 1,437 1,300 1,288 1,461 1,220 1,659 1,648
  Sugar & confectioner 503 905 341 407 315 464 443 431 425 400 434 342
  Fats & oils products 646 818 636 661 633 697 587 472 462 454 492 517
  Beverages 1,245 1,149 1,283 1,042 868 690 819 640 594 509 497 528
  Misc food prep prod. 806 786 757 788 727 761 931 951 786 1,004 839 932
  Tobacco products 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
  Apparel & textiles 2,989 1,924 1,726 1,597 1,791 2,031 1,744 1,579 1,713 1,592 1,500 1,570
  Leather products 191 205 178 139 189 230 251 346 435 576 510 488
  Packaging 510 522 637 556 512 300 314 305 292 358 263 307
  Farm raw material 8,642 8,396 8,129 7,942 7,283 6,781 6,946 7,581 7,502 7,421 7,295 8,000
  Warehousing 637 390 385 436 442 460 674 626 631 579 583 727
Peripherally Related
Ag wholesale retail 78,379 79,638 78,361 78,902 79,461 80,799 85,302 92,146 92,986 95,410 98,334 101,632
Indirect agribusines 1,261 1,573 1,519 1,663 1,451 1,512 1,572 1,730 1,840 1,791 1,660 1,803
Total Farm & Farm-Related 228,526 225,229 223,648 219,316 215,518 208,558 213,286 222,176 220,987 222,029 228,279 231,115
All Other 621,205 617,008 615,925 640,824 652,529 659,794 672,670 695,964 718,913 747,062 755,139 745,033
Total All Employment 849,731 842,237 839,573 860,140 868,047 868,352 885,956 918,140 939,900 969,091 983,418 976,148
  Farm as % of Total 26.9% 26.7% 26.6% 25.5% 24.8% 24.0% 24.1% 24.2% 23.5% 22.9% 23.2% 23.7%
Source: USDA, Economic Research Service, March 2005.
Last Updated: August 24, 2009
by Nebraska Databook
email: michael.lundeen@ded.ne.gov
*These data will no longer be updated or maintained because some of the necessary underlying data are no longer available to ERS.