Jones, Lamar B.; Christian, James W.
July 1965
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul65, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p522
Academic Journal
The conditions which have been described in this study constitute an acute national manpower problem and none of the programs implemented or contemplated promises a solution. While the primary purpose of this study has been to examine the conditions prevailing within the agricultural labor market, the findings do suggest the outline of an effective remedial program. The first prerequisite to effective action in this realm must be the recognition of the true nature of the problem, that it is one of redundancy in the supply of agricultural labor. Second, it must be recognized that hired agricultural labor lacks the organizational resources for independently pursuing corrective measures. Given the economic interests of farmers and their political position in farm communities and state legislatures, it follows that responsibility for corrective action must reside with the federal government. Agricultural labor in general is probably the most geographically mobile of all sectoral labor forces, as evidenced by the extensive annual movements of migrant workers, so that, even though industrial development within farm areas would facilitate the integration of farm workers into industrial society, it should not be regarded as an essential element in a corrective program.


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