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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 13 Issue 9, February 1956
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In a joint statement prepared by leaders in agriculture, business, labor, and the professions, an argument is made for working towards a national farm policy based on three objectives: adequate supply of the right kind of farm products plus the production of exports; maintenance of soil fertility that is also built up for the expanding population needs; farm income on a level comparable with non-farm income, high enough so that skilled labor stays in the agriculture.
With the industrial and economic potential and importance of forests in the south, states can no longer afford to neglect the protection and management of forests. Along with timber production and pulp industries, scientists and large companies are working together to scientifically manage the region's forests from fire and other hazards.
With both investments and jobs, industrial development in North Carolina for 1955 surpassed all previous years in the state. With 329 new plants and expansions, the total investment for the years amounted to $115,320,000, led by the Piedmont region of the state. Although industry is diversified in the state, electric companies led the charge in development for the year.
Although seasonal fluctuations in tobacco processing and outdoor employment such as construction caused decreases in employment during the winter, 1955 on average saw an increase in the number of available jobs. Improved conditions were seen in the total of 154,151 job placements, 11 percent over 1954.
The 1955 North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that created nine new judicial districts, and elected eleven new resident judges of the Superior Court. In the most important overhauling of the state's judicial system for some time, the new law provided for the reorganization of judicial districts.
With the movement of North Carolina labor forces away from agriculture and to industry, the state's farmers are becoming worried. The the shortage of farm labor and the high wage rate demands, farmers are contemplating the purchase of expensive machinery in place of labor, and how to use current labor forces more efficiently.