Walsworth, Richard (audio interview, English transcription and Spanish translation)

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Walsworth, Richard (audio interview, English transcription and Spanish translation)

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Oral history interview with Richard Walsworth. Interviewed by Phil Carter. Hart, Michigan. English language. June 18, 2016. Dick Walsworth is a local farmer from Oceana County. His life story highlights the challenges of maintaining his agricultural business, largely the asparagus industry, viable and competitive with the challenge of emerging global market forces. In this interview, Walsworth shares his testimony of the social, cultural, technologic, and industrial changes that have occurred in the Oceana area since his youth. This rich historical account from the perspective of a local farmer with a lifetime of experience in the agricultural world depicts the challenges ahead in the future to keep our farms and vegetables production alive. To this Walsworth declares that the future depends on migrant labor which is becoming increasingly short on supply since "the next generations are at least getting a high school education [...] they're not going to do field work." Walsworth also shares his deep concern with immigration policy, or lack of governmental policy, that makes it harder on local businesses to keep their labor flow steady and consistent compared to the needs of the industry in a state and national level.

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University Libraries. Allendale, Michigan

Contributor

Carter, Phil (Interviewer)

Relation

"Growing Community" (NEH Common Heritage)

Identifier

DC-06_Walsworth_Richard

Format

audio/mp3
application/pdf

Type

Sound recording
Text

Language

eng

Date

2016-06-18

Descripción

Dick Walsworth es un granjero local del condado de Oceanía. La historia de su vida destaca los desafíos relacionados con mantener su negocio agrícola, en gran parte la industria de los espárragos, viable y competitiva con el reto de las fuerzas emergentes del mercado global. En esta entrevista, Walsworth comparte su testimonio de los cambios sociales, culturales, tecnológicos, e industriales que han ocurrido en el área de Oceanía desde su juventud. Este rico relato histórico, de la perspectiva de un agricultor local—con una vida de experiencia en el mundo agrícola, representa los retos que tenemos por delante en el futuro para mantener viva nuestra producción de granjas y hortalizas. Walsworth declara que el futuro depende de la mano de obra migrante, cada vez más escasa, ya que "las próximas generaciones están por lo menos recibiendo educación secundaria y no van a hacer trabajo de campo." La profunda preocupación por la política de inmigración, o la falta de políticas gubernamentales, lo hacen más difícil a las empresas locales para mantener su flujo de trabajo constante y consistente en comparación con las necesidades de la industria al nivel estatal y nacional.

Sujetos

Agrícola
Espárragos
Póliza de inmigración
Industria
Labor migrante
TLCAN
Condado de Oceanía

Citation

Walsworth, Richard, “Walsworth, Richard (audio interview, English transcription and Spanish translation),” Digital Collections, accessed October 14, 2019, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/40812.
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