ERIC Number: ED065241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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1971 Post Season Rural Manpower Report.
Michigan State Dept. of Labor, Detroit. Michigan Employment Security Commission.
The Rural Manpower Service reports on the migrant seasonal labor in Michigan during 1971. Seasonal labor has been declining since it reached its peak of 97,700 in 1962. This report discusses migrant seasonal labor with regard to (1) the wages and earnings of the workers, (2) the recruitment of workers, (3) the agricultural-labor housing, (4) the employment statistics and operations, (5) the major crops which employed a large number of workers, and (6) the mechanical and technological developments in agricultural labor, Wages and earnings for 14,461 seasonal workers (22.6% of the total seasonal workers employed in cultivation and harvest activities during the 1971 season) are compared with those since 1965. Mechanical and technological developments have affected employment of seasonal workers. Some of the developments discussed in this report are a new harvester used in apple harvesting, a new heating system used in grape cultivation, a new approach to peach pruning, a method of total tree harvest, zero tillage, research done with asparagras, sugar beets, and beans, and year-round bean export. This report includes a discussion on the administration of the Rural Manpower Service and the services it provides, such as job training, recruiting seasonal workers, and providing public and human relations. Some highlights of the 1971 season, such as further research being accomplished with tomato caging, finding suitable land for planting mustard seeds, the growth of the sugar beet industry, a new plant for growing and processing mushrooms, and the decline of the strawberry acreage, are also discussed. A related document is ED 048 968. (NQ)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Labor, Detroit. Michigan Employment Security Commission.