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Farm labor news
(1945-1947)

Farm labor news. August, 1946,   pp. [1]-5 PDF (1.5 MB)


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         EE EiLP SITUATION has changed decidedly since the beginning
       of the war. Lloyd Thompson, Vernon county farm labor assist-
 antreports a fine response to a news article appealing for help in
 the tobacco harvest.
        Rumors got around that wages would run from one to three dollars
 an hour.  This really brought the people in from all directions, he
 says.  Ho had as many as fifty people register in one day, the majority
 without experience.
        A check showed large growers were paying $1.00 to $1.50 per
 hour, some furnishing room and board.  One of the largest growers said
 that in all the years of crop raising, this year had everything beat
 for applications from people from outside areas. HO turned away as
 many as sixty people wanting work.
                    Vernon county is now in the midst of
           harvesting one of the biggest crops of tobacco
           in the history of the county, reports Thompson.
           The late crop is especially good.
                    Shortage of experienced labor for har-
           vesting is the No. 1 problem. But farmers are
           also worrying about a shortage of curing sheds
           and tobacco lathe. It is impossible to get these
           materials or to build shed room under present
           conditions.
                                  *  *  *
                 Rck 1guty                     Iself
                          by Ralph Mitby, FLA
          Boys and girls recruited for detasseling ...... 889
          Adult Supervisors     ............................. 47
          Men placed (seasonal) ..     .....................  30
          Youth seasonal, not detasseling .   .  ............. 105
          Men placed year-round .    . ...................... 30
          Youth placed, year-round ..................... .   3
Total placements for July ...................  . 1125
Total placements for June and July, 1946 .....   1443
     The 1125 placements made in July, 1946, exceed the total number of
placements made in 1943, the first summer the Farm Labor Program was in
operation in Rock county.


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