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Image 8 of Kentucky farm and home science, vol. 6 No. 4 fall 1960

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E l Research Results in Brief within the family circle have upon youths’ career (Continued from Page 7) ambitions. · stalk and transport it, without bruising or tearing, Leaving the Home County __,.i‘< · through the machine, and then deposit it in a safe A dominant thread which weaves through these { . place for housing. findings is that migration—leaving the home county- L? ,. There are some existing machines designed to stalk- is a fact which Kentucky rural youths must face cut tobacco. One, developed by William Irvine of when planning their work careers. Only 29 percent ‘ · Danville, Ky., has been used by the station research- of the boys and only 16 percent of the girls in this ° · ers. The newly designed, U. K. machine will use study were not planning to migrate to other areas slightly different principles. One is a “f1oating" spear after completing their schooling. Furthermore, about _ arrangement. The cut stalks are forced over this spear one-half of the boys and over two-thirds of the girls "*?·' and then, by a clever spring-and-cam arrangement, expressed a definite preference for living in or near _ i onto a tobacco stick. When the stick holds a number urban areas. A of stalks—each 9 inches apart on the stick—the stick The expectation to migrate is, of course, greater f` is removed and placed on a conveyor belt and taken among youths in the Eastern Mountain Region than __, ’ to a wagon for hauling to the barn. There is no limit in the Central Bluegrass Region. This reflects dif- . to the number of sticks the machine can hold, though ferences in career opportunities for youths within * fl a “magazine" arrangement must be loaded with the the respective regions. sticks every so often. However, the expectation to migrate was found An important feature of this harvester, being de- to be a characteristic not associated with the socio- •‘ veloped by funds provided by M. \Va1den of \Vood- economic background of rural youths or with their , ` ford county, is that one man can operate the device level of school achievement. { and can harvest by himself about three acres of to- _ _ _ t Imcw daily Some Practncal Implications ' Parents, teachers, youth counselors, community leaders, and others influence youths in choosing C?U`€€r Plans of Youths career goals. They are often “models” to which youths l 4 (C*’**'i’***f'o *" . .» l’OS'l`Mi\S'[`1il\: 1*1.-W n-iam rm- ii amiaamai. See imasi iam-S ima ing- ` ulations.