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Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin
([1941])

Madison cooperative guarantees payment to producers,   pp. 20-21 PDF (546.3 KB)


Page 20


   Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Pro-
 ducers was organized in 1916 under
 the name of the Milwaukee Milk and
 Cream Shippers Association, succeed-
 ing a voluntary organization of the
 same name. Membership in the coop-
 erative is limited to producers, each
 subscribing for at least one $10 share
 of capital stock. Although a member
 may buy stock aggregating $1,000, the
 cooperative principle of one-man one-
 vote is followed. When a stockholder
 moves away or for any other reason
 ceases to use the services of the cooper-
 ative, his stock is redeemed. The
 expenses of the association are met by
 commissions on each 100 pounds of
 milk sold by members, the commissions
 being deducted by the distributors
 from the milk checks payable to the
 producers. In order to make avail-
 able to the producers market reports
 and other information affecting their
 interests, the co-op publishes a monthly
 house organ, the Milwaukee Milk
 Producer.
 Madison Cooperative Guarantees
 Payment to Producers
 Madison Milk Producers Coopera-
 tive Association.-Another bargaining
 organization is the Madison Milk Pro-
 ducers Cooperative Association, organ-
 ized in 1922. Its 450-odd patrons
 received more than $865,000 for milk
 sold in 1939. The association assigns
 each producer to one dealer, and
 guarantees payment to the producers,
 who are paid by the dealers. There
 are some unusual problems to be met
 in the Madison fluid milk market,
 because in the fall the population is
 enlarged by an influx of 12,000 stu-
dents.
   To insure quality production, tbi
 farmers have made large investment
 in equipment such as modern coolin1
 tanks and insulated trucks. The)
 cooperate closely with the local healtd
 department. It is estimated that
 Madison has a higher per capita con
 sumption of milk than any other city
 in the State, and the consumptior
 rate is among the highest in the entin
 country.
   Bargaining for the prices to be paid
 producers for their milk is the co.
 operative's chief job. In addition it
 operates, through a subsidiary, the
 Madison Milk Producers Cooperative
 Dairy, a large Swiss cheese factory,
 thus utilizing excess market milk.
 In the factory there is a retail counter
 where cheese and miscellaneous sup.
 plies are sold to producers through
 their haulers. The cooperative also
 employs a full-time salesman who
 operates a cheese jobbing route in
 Madison.
 Guernsey Milk Producers' Cooper
 atve.-At Waukesha about 20 "iles
 west of Milwaukee is located the
 Guernsey Milk Producers' Cooperative,
 which is primarily a bargaining asso-
 ciation that disposes of milk in the
 markets of Milwaukee, Chicago, and
 Waukesha. In addition it owns and
 operates 7 or 8 milk-hauling trucks
 and a receiving plant at Wales, where
 surplus milk is manufactured into
 butter. It purchases dairy supplies
 for members, and handles the producer
 pay roll. The association takes title
 to the milk of the 100-odd producer-
 members, paying them a pool prize
 based on sales in Milwaukee, Chicago,
 and Waukesha. Milk and dairy supply
 sales aggregated over $500,000 in the
fiscal year ended October 31, 1939,
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        alive, his stock is redeemed. -1he
        expenses of the association are met by
        commissions on each 100 pounds of
        milk sold by members, the commissions
        being deducted by the distributors
        from the milk checks payable to the
        producers. In order to make avail-
        able to the producers market reports
        and other information affecting their
        interests, the co-op publishes a monthly
        house organ, the Milwaukee Milk
        Producer.
4
        Madison Cooperative Guarantees
        Payment to Producers
          Madison Milk Producers Coopera-
        tive Association.-Another barg
        organization is the Madison Milk Pro-
        ducers Cooperative Association, organ-
        ized in 1922. Its 450-odd patrons
        received more than $865,000 for milk
        sold in 1939. The association assigns
        each producer to one dealer, and
        guarantees payment to the producers,
        who are paid by the dealers. There
        are some unusual problems to be met
        in the Madison fluid milk market,
        because in the fall the population is
        enlarged by an influx of 12,000 stu-
        dents.


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