Farm labor news
Farm labor news. August, 1946, pp. -5 PDF (1.5 MB)
4 NOM uCOMITS About 45 Indians from Shawano county are working in the potato fields in Langlade. Local growers are transporting those who come from a distance. Other groups from Aniwa, Birnamwood, and some from Lincoln county are driving back and forth daily. More farm folks are expected to go to work in potatoes as soon as silo filling is completed. Potato growers with 30 to 60 acres are having the biggest problem getting workers. Some, having started, laid off their crews to fill silo. Those men have gone to work elsewhere in the meantime. Cranberry growers are offering 90 cents to $1 per hour for rakers and 75 cents for common labor in the cranberry marshes of Wood county. The call for harvest workers comes from Donald Rowe, county agent. Workers are also needed for trucking, handling and sorting berries. Board and room are furnished at most of the marshes and the applicant is given a choice of which marsh he desires to work. The season, which began the first week in September, is expected to last about four to six weeks. More than 500 boys and girls were placed as bean pickers by H. J. Lushier, farm labor assistant in Marathon county. About 100 were placed daily at different farms during the picking season, many of which were transported in trucks furnished by canning companies. Waushara county could use several families as tenants, reports Milton Thompson, farm labor assistant of the county. Any leads on such help would be greatly appreciated. While recruiting workers for corn picking in southern counties, Andrew Murnick, farm labor assistant, Price county, got a good all-over picture of the county labor situation. He spoke to business men, community leaders, men on the street, and the postmaster to get as much information as possible. He got tips on a few unemployed and also some not fully employed. His effort resulted in recruiting five men to send to southern counties. Most of the. men were busy. They were employed in the resort industry, pulpwood, and other local industries. Also the labor shortage was increased recently by several new work projects started, one the REA and the U.S. Forestry and Highway Relocation project which pay 75 cents per hour. Many wood cutters in that area are getting $15 a day and up.
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