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Farm-City Farm-City Farm-City Tour Role Of Mexican Nationals In County Agriculture Told By Jack Rannells Mexican national farm labor is an integral and essential part of Santa Cruz county'a $35 million agricultural industry, Tom Richardson, Richardson, secretary of the farm labor labor committee of the State Farm Bureau federation, said yesterday. yesterday. Without it, Richardson estimated estimated there would be a 50 to 60 per cent drop in plantings of major hand labor crops. RichardsoA addressed a group of 81 in the Birds Eye processing plant cafeteria during the luncheon luncheon break of the Farm-City Farm-City Farm-City week tour. About 49 persons from Santa Cruz and Watsonville participated in tours of Brussels sprouts growing, growing, harvesting and processing; a mushroom plant; and two commercial commercial flower growing operations. operations. The luncheon crowd was boosted boosted by members of the Santa Cruz Kiwanis club. The service club originated national Farm City week observance. Richardson told the assemblage, assemblage, "It must be remembered that Mexican national labor is supplemental. But it is necessary. necessary. "If it were not available, cer- cer- tain crops requiring hand labor would not be planted. Farmers are not so stupid as to plant, nor is the banker so stupid as to grant a loan to plant crops which cannot be harvested." Richardson used charts tacked to the cafeteria wall to demon strate the significance of import ed labor in aanta cruz county ag riculture. These showed that about 3200 nationals provided 68 per cent of the 1D59 peak labor force in the basic hand labor crops; green beans (1600 of 2000): strawber rics (800 of 1420); sprouts (350 of 500); lettuce (350 of 500): and miscellaneous vegetables (170 of 400). These basic vegetable and strawberry crops accounted for about $15.6 million, or 43 per cent of the total agricultural income in the county during 1959. Touching briefly on orcaniza tion of farm labor by the AFL- AFL- tio, the farm bureau official said most contracts to date has been "set up" cases. Minnie Germain Services Set Minnie Germain, 78, a native of and an David. 12, 8 She and (Lynda an She 13, 13 and Donald November Mrt. 2i November Mrt. Andrea 8 She November Mrt. He 14,

Clipped from Santa Cruz Sentinel23 Nov 1960, WedPage 16

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California)23 Nov 1960, WedPage 16
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