MICHIGAN: Help from the Clouds

Michigan's $14 million sugar-beet crop had to be weeded by June 20 or the seedlings would choke; 6,000 Mexican-Americans from Texas were not enough to work the 140,000 acres. Last week, as the result of a bargain between Michigan farmers and the Puerto Rican government, help came out of the clouds. Nine times daily, four-engine transports picked up full loads of workers in Puerto Rico (a total of 5,050), ten hours later deposited them in the Saginaw Valley to work in the fields at $7 to $8 a day. The crop was saved by the largest non-military airlift in...

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