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IWC 14 - Agricultural Operations

SKU IWC14-27x40-ENG

“Employed in an agricultural occupation”, means any of the following described occupations:

  1. The preparation, care, and treatment of farm land, pipeline, or ditches, including leveling for agricultural purposes, plowing, disking, and fertilizing the soil;
  2. The sowing and planting of any agricultural or horticultural commodity;
  3. The care of any agricultural or horticultural commodity, as used in this subdivision, “care” includes, but is not limited to, cultivation, irrigation, weed control, thinning, heating, pruning, or tying, fumigating, spraying, and dusting;
  4. The harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including but not limited to, picking, threshing, mowing, knocking off, field chopping, bunching, baling, balling, field packing, and placing in field containers or in the vehicle in which the commodity will be hauled, and transportation on the farm or to a place of first processing or distribution;
  5. The assembly and storage of any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including but not limited to, loading, road siding, banking, stacking, binding, and piling;
  6. The raising, feeding and management of livestock, fur bearing animals, poultry, fish, mollusks, and insects, including but not limited to herding, housing, hatching, milking, shearing, handling eggs, and extracting honey;
  7. The harvesting of fish, as defined by Section 45 of the Fish and Game Code, for commercial sale;
  8. The conservation, improvement or maintenance of such farm and its tools and equipment;


  • Agricultural workers
  • Agronomist
  • Apiary
  • Bee hives
  • Chemical application (on-site agriculture)
  • Chicken debeaking
  • Cowboy/Cowgirl
  • Crop dusting (on-site activities)
  • Dairies (no processing except cooling)
  • Egg handling (if no candling is done)
  • Farm laborers
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Harvesting machines, tomato and grain
  • Hatcheries, commercial
  • Hatcheries, fish
  • Hives, bee
  • Irrigation districts
  • Irrigators
  • Milk tester (employed by agricultural employer)
  • Nurseries, horticultural (primarily a growing operation)
  • Oyster farms
  • Ranch hands
  • Shepherds
  • Tomato and grain harvesting machines
  • Tree farms (growing but not logging)

The Industrial Welfare Commission was established to regulate wages, hours and working conditions in California. IWC wage orders must be posted by all employers in an area frequented by employees, where they may be easily read during the workday.