Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Taylor, H. C.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 42: ways to solve the farm labor problem PDF (940.7 KB)
and farm-hand alike. All that t~e -farm hand expects is that as a member of the household, he shall share equally in its comforts and sociabilities; then as farm living improves, his living will im- prove also. When the time comes when farm homes everywhere are supplied with reading matter, warm living rooms and baths, and companionship is never more than a half an hour away, then the city will have nothing better to offer in the way of living than the farm. Better treatment of hired help would also help in many cases. The scarcity of labor has come first on the farm, and the result is that the farm laborer has become independent-he has become independent in many cases before he has become intelligent enough to use his independence properly. Nevertheless there are some farmers who seem to have little trouble with losing their hands when they need them most, and the reason usually is that these men are tactful, and above all, respectful of the personalities of their workmen, so that at all times, they have their esteem and hearty co-operation. The right sort of a hired man always wants to take an interest in the farm work, and his employer should give him a chance to learn all he can about farming. The working day has got to be shortened in some way also; but every good farm hand will understand that there will be times when all rules as to hours must be broken. HIlE BY THE YEAR. Still another thing that will keep more men on the farm is year-around employment. Farmers will have to organize their crops and livestock so as to be able to hire a man by the year. No good farm hand wants to loaf all winter, or hunt a job in town. If a farmer cannot get help in the ways indicated, he will have to manage with less help, either by getting more machinery. a milking machine, perhaps-or by raising such crops as he can handle. Planning his crops and his work so that too many things do not have to be tended to all at once will help a great deal. Winter dairying evens out the load of work in many ways.
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