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Farm labor news
(1945-1947)

Farm labor news. July, 1946,   pp. [1]-[6] PDF (1.6 MB)


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BROWS:  The labor Problem is easing up in this county because high school
boys
         are willing to work on farms this summer. Pifty-three men, women
and
         youths were placed on farms and gardens during the month of June.
         Efforts are still being made to secure help for field work and cherry
         picking, reports R. J. Looze, Farm Labor Assistant.
         The majority of cherry pickers will be mothers and boys and girls
         between 12 and 16 years of age. They are being transported to the
         orchards daily. Twenty-six Jamaicans, housed at Pirn Dell farms
near
         Oneida were used by the Larson Company at Fort Atkinson -nd are
now
         working for the Seymour Canning Co.
COLUIMBIA: Columbia county is again cooperating with canning companies and
         vegetable growers to help sup' ly the labor needed. About 200 people
         from the vicinity of Portage have been recruited for canning factories.
         Five buses in addition to cars leave Portage daily carrying workers
to
         the canning factories.
         Reports from Columbia count- state that they are keeping most of
their
         foreign workers over between the pea and corn pack for reg:ular
work in
         the canning factories.
DODGE:  About 30 high school boys from Milwaukee were placed on Dod;e county
         farms again this yeaz'. This program is in its third year and farmers
         in the coimty like the kind of help they are getting from these
boys.
         Single enrl young married men are still hard to get.
GR-7W  LAU:   The farm labor situation is --enerally better.  All but a few
        farmers were able to care for their crops during the rus,'h season.
Only
        two canning corroraies had foreign labor.  The others were able to
secure
        local help.
DQO:    The cherry harvest is now in full swing.  County agents in 19 counties
        have been contacted in an effort to recruit enough pickers from the
        near-by counties.  Herbert Schwartz, farrm labor assistant, who has
been
        touring the bastern part of the state and. upper Michi-an reports
        excellent cooperation from Pall the counties and extension agents.
        Door county expects to have sabout 6,000 pickers for the entire cherry
        industry. Of these about 2500 will be foreign workers, 1650 domestic
        workers recruited from other counties and about 2,000 pickers from
        Door county.
        Camps have been inspected for both foreign and domestic workers.
  'Many
        improvements have been inaugurated in the housing set up all over
the
        county. These preparations made by growers will do much to make 1946
        more comfortable and will reduce the number of complaints of former
        years.
        The rate at which pickers are arriving at present would seem to indicate
        that the cherry harvest will be well taken care of.


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