Jewish Farmers in U.S. Reported Affected by Pressures of Mechanization

Jewish farmers in the United States are feeling the pressures brought about by mechanization and integration, but are still “tenaciously holding on,” Dr. Theodore Norman, general manager of the Jewish Agricultural Society, reported today.

Dr. Norman estimates in his annual report for 1958 that the great majority of the Jewish farmers have managed to stay on their farms. Thousands of them were seriously affected by the changed conditions in the poultry industry, especially in the Northeast and in California.

Since opportunities for new settlers have very much narrowed, the work of the Jewish Agricultural Society during last year was largely with established farmers, through technical aid and loans, Dr. Norman explained. The annual report also contains a history of Jewish agriculture in California. It traces the unique story of Jewish farm pioneers, going back over a century from the opening of California during the Gold Rush days of 1849, to recent years, when hundreds of DP’s and war veterans were settled on small poultry farms, with the assistance of the Society.

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