DAKOTA, Minn. (WKBT) -

Every year, up to 35,000 migrant workers are recruited to Minnesota to work in farm fields and in agriculture. And they're bringing significant benefits to the state's economy.

According to the Minneapolis Foundation, since the 1990's, the state's Latino population has more than tripled, increasing from 54,000 to over 175,000.

At Southwind Orchards in Dakota, Minnestoa, 10 Latino migrant workers are contributing to the city's economic growth.

"They're here to work, they want to work, if we let them work seven days a week they probably would," said Greg Thompkins, Southwind Orchard's manager.

And the migrant workers often do it for up to nine hours a day, with no complaints.

"It's hard to get people to do this kind of work, other people to do this kind of work, these people want this work, there is very little work in Mexico especially that pays as much as this does," said Thompkins.

For 12 dollars an hour, carrying 20 to 30 pounds of apples across 135 acres, migrant workers are contributing to a growing trend in America.

"A lot of Latinos are not only managing orchards, they're owning orchards, it's a trend we're seeing more and more of that Latinos are really taking over the fruit business," said Thompkins.

But despite the contributions by migrant workers, there is a stigma that often comes with the topic of immigration and migrant workers say they're working tough jobs to support their families.

"They're doing very heavy duty work, they're doing jobs that are hard," said Alberto Duran Solis through a translator

And they say they're thankful, to be doing those jobs.

"It's a dream to come to the United States and in the state that he's from, there isn't a lot of work and not a lot of resources so it's always a dream to come here and earn money for their families," Solis said.

The migrant workers are brought here through a program called H-2A, which allows U.S employers to temporarily fill agriculture jobs.

Southwind Orchards also provides migrant workers with a place to stay during their time in the U.S.

Migrant workers will travel back to Mexico in November and come back in February to help with work in the winter.