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Supporting Agricultural Workers from Mexico: Balancing Work and Family Demands

This is a video and discussion-based program from an immigrant's perspective. It has been developed for agriculture-sector employers who hire workers from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

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hispanic agricultural worker in fieldAbout this Program

This program is based on data from a University of Minnesota research study that was funded by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture International Science and Education Program. Mexican agricultural workers in Southern Minnesota and one of their family members in Mexico were interviewed to better understand their work and family situations. Results of the study were used to guide the video and the accompanying educational materials.

The people in the video are not the people who were interviewed for the research study. They were asked to get involved in the video project because they personally had similar experiences to those in the research study.

While the research focused specifically on workers from Mexico, we believe the ideas can be applied to other Latino/a agriculture workers’ situations.

By completing this program employers will:

For more information on the research project, contact Cathy Solheim.

Program Materials

See the complete lesson plan guide (1 MB PDF)
Watch the whole video

Program Overview

Find out more about this program. (210 K PDF)

Unit 1: Introducing the Program

Build awareness of the role of Latino/a agricultural workers in the U.S. economy.

Unit 3: Understanding the Need to go Home and Who Workers Are as Individuals

Learn how to foster a positive wok environment through improved relationships and communication.


Get activity handouts and evaluation for this program.


Program Background

Learn why this is an important issue. (268 K PDF)

Unit 2: Understanding Family Life of Migrant Latino/a Workers

Understand the complexity of workers' lives and their everyday challenges.

Unit 4: Understanding the Challenges Associated with Bridging Language Differences

Develop a plan for creating a safe, healthy work environment. Learn more about other resources that can help.


Antonio Alba Meraz — Extension Educator, Family Resource Management

Patricia D. Olson, Ph.D. — Program Leader, Family Relations and Family Resource Management

Gabriela Burk Community Program Specialist, Family Resource Management

Catherine A. Solheim, Ph.D. — Department of Family Social Science; Principal Investigator for the related research project

Revised November 2011

Other Resources

For a complete listing of state and national resources see other recommended resources.

You may also be interested in resources for farm families and additional resources for Latino families and their employers.

For questions on this program, contact Antonio Alba Meraz (; 507-389-6764.)

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