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

Bargaining co-ops help stabilize markets,   pp. 18-19 PDF (529.7 KB)

Associations render a variety of services,   pp. 19-20 PDF (548.6 KB)

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bers. Wisconsin producers sell fluid
milk to Chicago distributors also,
many of these producers being mem-
bers of the Pure Milk Association,
which carries on bargaining activities
in the Chicago territory.
Associations Render a
Variety of Services
  It is customary for producers to
authorize a distributor to deduct a few
cents for each hundredweight of milk
andl to pay these deductions to the
bargaining association for operating
expenses. The distributor makes pay-
m. nts direct to the producers. Differ-
ent bargaining associations, however,
render a variety of services to their
memnbers. Some of them, for example,
furnish laboratory testing services,
01erate plants for the manufacture of
surplus milk, control haulers' truck
routes, or handle producer pay rolls.
  Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Produc-
ers.-Largest of the Wisconsin bar-
gaining associations is the Milwaukee
Cooperative Milk Producers, repre-
senting 2,800 dairymen of the Mil-
waukee milkshed. Fluid milk valued
at $5,580,000 was sold in 1939 by pro.
ducers to Milwaukee distributors
through the association.  Monthly
conferences are held with distributors
to discuss economic conditions affect-
ing the market and prices to producers.
Although the State Milk Control Divi-
sion establishes minimum prices, the
association may negotiate higher prices
or may request the division to change
the established prices. The associa-
tion has made arrangements for the
distributors to process milk that is in
excess of fluid milk requirements.
  The chief objective of the coopera-
tive is to stabilize the market for milk
producers and get for them a fair share
of the consumer's dollar. In addition
it performs many services. Extensive
check tests and laboratory tests are
made. Other services include indi-
vidual herd tests when requested by
members, advisory assistance by the
fieldman at the farms of members to
improve the quality of milk, appear-
ance of a representative with any mem-
ber before the health department when
a difficulty arises, purchase and resale
of dairy equipment at minimum prices,
adjustments in prices when need arises,
and the sponsoring of a check of deal-
ers' books to insure the accuracy of
their reports. When proposed legis-
lation that would affect the interests
of dairymen is pending, they are repre-
sented by the association before legis-
lative bodies.
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