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Farm labor news. July, 1945,   pp. [1]-6 PDF (2.1 MB)

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Farm Labor Program in Full Swing
      Letters coming in from the counties show that the
Farm Labor Program is now approaching its peak.
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      The continuous rain and cold weather resulted in a late
season for vegetables and canning crops which greatly retarded
the normal call for help on day-haul farm jobs during June,
says Joseph F. Shaughnessy, Farm Labor assistant. By June l1
not a single call for that type of help had reached the
Milwaukee office. A year ago, on that same date, nearly 3,800
boys and girls had been placed on farm jobs near Milwaukee.
     Over 100 boys looking for summer jobs on farms assembled at the vocational
school on Tuesday, June 19, to meet with farm labor assistants from Washington,
Ozaukee, Dodge and Milwaukee counties.  They were interviewed by the various
labor assistants and 40 wore assigned to jobs on farms in the various counties.
The names of others were held in reservation for future calls.
    THomesickness" is most frequently reported as being the cause for
leaving farm jobs after they have been placed.
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     SOre high school boys were working on farms as early as the middle of
June reports Kewaunee county. M4any of the boys made their own arrangements
to work on farms of friends and relatives. Good wages prevail in the county.
     Two grain and fertilizer drills owned by Waushara county were extensively
used by the farmers who did not have equipment with which to apply their
commercial fertilizer.
     The drills were used by 50 farmers on 664 different acres of land.
The gross income from the drills was $245.50.  A farmer was hired to
transport the drills to those renting them and to supervise the machines
in case of breakdowns. Both drills are still in good condition for another
year's use.
     Because machinery is so scarce and labor so hard to got, making home
made devices to speed up the work las become a general practice on the farm.
     In this county 103 new buck rakes were made during the past winter
after farmers attended a buck rake school.
     With an estimated saving of six days of manual labor per machine for
each farm, a total of 618 work days will be saved during the harvest season.

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