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Farm labor news
(1945-1947)

Farm labor news. August, 1945,   pp. [1]-6 PDF (1.9 MB)


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         /ATOTAL of nearly 10,000 German war prisoners
working in 41 branch camps under Fort Sheridanis supervision
were engaged in harvestir- and processing Wisconsints
enormous pea crop during the month of July.
          To help furnish the required help for the pea crop,
700 prisoners were transferred from five branch camns in upper
Michigan where they had boon cutting pulp wood.   When thc peok
of the harvost soason has passed, the prisoners will be
returned to Michigan.
          A priooncr of war camp, oponcd at Sturtevant on
Juno 4, lhs boon a source of greatly needed help for Kenosha
and Racino truck oron producorn anda gnorni f.nrmnra.
          Since the middle of Juno not one mcan-day of work has boon lost
by the prisoners.  Doriand for prison ltbor fnr oxeoodod the supply o nd
growoers have obtained an additiona.l 100 workors.
          Prisoners have boon used for hoeing, wcoding and cultivating
truck crons.  Thoy have also boon used in goncrel fzr-miag onorations for
haying, grain shoclking and throshinC.  They have boon satisfactoryr help
.uid. thoir empolo~ient has me~ant tho difference betwecn harvosting the
crops and losing thom.
          Fruit Growers Cooperative in Bayfield plan to use German
prisoners for the apple haxvest after bean canning has been completed.
This would keep the P.W.Is busy from September 1 to about NTovember 1.
                         -o~b Trqaininz for 2600
            H0T H0LMES, principal of the Marion High School, Door county,
        l employed by the Extension Service, gave a job training
program in cherry nicking to more than 2600 foroign workers and. prisoners
of war. Training was sometimes given to workers but more often to field
superv-sors in fields- and orchards-
            Mimeographed instructions prepared b,; John James of the
College of Agriculturc, translated into the Spanish and German languages,
wvore used.
          Foreign labor has delivered an average of 30 pails por man of
cherries daily.  The avoreges for a nine day period showed Jnmaica-s
picked 28 pails per day? Mexicans 22, and German prisoners 17.
          "Method Shoots" for farm labor training havc beon prepared
in
German Pnd Spanish by Mr. Jrmes for picking benins and apples, snappinlg
corn and working in sugar boots.  The instructiors have boen requested
in large numbers by growors and processing planxts.
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