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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)

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      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
     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
    (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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