Hurley, R. V.; Clark, J. W.; Blodau, Violet V. / County and home agents' report--1942 [Dane County, Wisconsin]
[War service work], pp. 11-13 PDF (863.3 KB)
UAR SERYIOZ WORK N~ew and serious agricultural and economic problems have arisen this year because of the world war. The county agent's office has tried to meet and solve some of these problems. Early in 1942, through the advice and with the cooperation of the U.S. and State Departments of Agriculture, it was deemed wise to set up "Vol- unteer War Service Oommittees". With the aid of the county agricultural committee, chairmen for each of the following committees were selected in each of the thirty five townships in Dane County with the approval of the rural supervisors: 1. Labor; 2. War rood; 3. Garden; 4. Nutrition; 5. Civilian Defense In order to carry the information and aid to each of the 6200 farm families in Dane County these Township Volunteer War Service Chairmen also appointed a committeeman in each school district; therefore, completing the "Neighborhood Service Plan". We will discuss briefly the service rendered by these various war service committees. Some of this service somewhat parallels the work of the War Board which will be discussed later in this report. LABOR - The county agents' office assisted the township labor committees' as follows: I 1. Early in May of this year sent "farm labor wanted" questionnaire to all high schools in Dane County. 2. Result: 63 high school boys signed up for farm labor. 3. Cooperated with County U.S. Employment Agency in making the names of these boys and other workers available to the farmers in Dane County. 4. Held six district meetings with Labor Committeemen and farmers to help plan how to handle the labor shortage on farms. WAR 'OOD - The work of this committee included the economical production of both food for human consumption and feed for livestock. The county agents assisted these committees 1. By arranging community meetings where important information was given in regard tot (1) Economical production of food and feed (2) Economical buying of food, feed, grains, livestock and dairy products. (3) Economy of buying Government grains, for example Wheat for Food and reed. (4) Advised the proper use of commercial fertilizers to increase the production of food, feed and fiber.
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