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

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Ozaukee (Cont'd.)
      For the individual operator, Mr. Nedden states, the picture
is about the same as last year. Farmers and their families will have
tomcrk harder than ever to keep production up.
      After canvassing all high schools for boys we received applications
from 267, writes Ira Jones. A possible 58 of these boys were available
for part-time or full-time farm jobs.
      Some of the farmers are still rather skeptical about hiring boys
with whom they are not personally acquainted. Others want men who
can go ahead with all kinds of work without further direction. This
is asking too much of the type of help we are able to supply, Mr. Jones
states. But ho thinks that if farmers have a little patience with this
'Youth Power' they will find the youth work out quite satisfactorily.
      This county has a considorable acreage of beans, reports Wilbur
Hoelz, farm labor assistant, which require a large number of boys and
girls from 10 to 14 years of age for picking. A record is kept of
children who may be reached by telephone and these key youngsters are
called when there is. a demand for pickers. They collect all of the
children in their neighborhoods. On one occasion last year, more
than 700 youngsters were collected in this way and 12 school buses
took them to their jobs. The plan is expected to work as well this
      The potato harvest is the big problem in this county, writes
Herbert F. Hoeft, farm labor assistant. A canvass of the schools has
been made which shows that most of our pickers will be from age groups
between 11 and 13 for boys and 14 to 16 for the girls.
      About one-third of our boys dome from farm homes and are already
employed full time on farm jobs.  A number of the city boys from 14 to
16 are returning to farms on which they worked last year. A number
of women are also-employed harvesting- these small crops throughout
the season.
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      A heavy growth of vines has made the pea crop especially difficult
to handle this year. It requires nearly a double amount of labor to take
care of the crop. This should be encouraging news for the cattle feeders
who are looking for pea silage to supply a part of their necessary feed.

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