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PSU professors Steve Reder and Bob Fountain received continued funding to work on the National Agricultural Workers Survey
Author: Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics + Statistics
Posted: June 23, 2020

The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is based on a national random sample of ap-proximately 3000 crop workers, and has been conducted annually since 1989. It employs a com-plex multi-stage sampling scheme that involves stratified, cluster, PPS (probabilities proportional to size), and simple random sampling at the various stages. For the U.S. Department of Labor, NAWS is the primary source of information on crop worker demographics. For more than 20 years, Profs. Steve Reder (Applied Linguistics) and Bob Fountain (Mathematics and Statistics) have received funding through JBS International to work on the survey. During that time, more than $1,000,000 has been directed to PSU to support their work and the work of several gradu-ate students.
Recently, there has been considerable attention paid to the condition of farm workers during the COVID-19 crisis. This PDF is a list of media links that mention the NAWS.