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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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                                 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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