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

Wisconsin ranks first in dairying,   pp. 10-11 PDF (531.8 KB)

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Percentages of Farmers' Marketing
  and Purchasing Associations in Wis-
  consin That Have Disappeared,
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From 2.5 to 5.5 pereent of the associations
active in the various years from 1920 to 1939
disappeared from the cooperative picture.
The percentages of disappearance were 2.5 in
  1921, 4.0 in 1925, 5.5 in 1930, and 3.0 in
  1938. These percentages are lower than for
  private business. Some of the disappear-
  ances were because of business failures,
  some were due to consolidations of two or
  more associations to make stronger organiza-
  tions, and others were because of economic
  changes which made unnecessary the con-
  tuinance of enterprises that were concerned
  only with rendering specialized services.
consin Cooperative Week" was pro.
claimed by the Governor-the third of
such weeks in 3 successive years-and
the department planned a State-wide
program which included radio speeches
by many educational and cooperative
University oF Wisconsin
Promotes Cooperation
  It has been a policy of the University
of Wisconsin for many years to foster
the cooperative movement. Pioneer
work in teaching the subjects of co-
operative marketing and cooperative
management problems was done by
the Department of Agricultural Eco-
Aomics. One of the first of the type
established in the country, the depart.
ment had a considerable influence in
the inauguration of similar depart.
ments in other agricultural colleges.
The Agricultural Experiment Station
and the department pioneered in
research work for the use of the co.
operative associations of various types
in the State, and for many years
have carried on extensive scientific re.
search investigations. Valuable help
to the farmers on problems that arise
in connection with the operation of
marketing and purchasing cooperative
associations has been given jointly by
the Extension Service and the depart.
Wisconsin Ranks First
In Dairying
  Wisconsin is far in the lead of all the
other States in the volume of milk
produced-11,973,000,000 pounds was
the record for 1939. In the North-
eastern States in which large metro-
politan centers of population are lo-
cated, close to 70 percent of the milk
produced is needed to meet the re-
quirements for fluid milk and cream.
The situation is very different in Wis-
consin, however, where a much smaller
portion of the milk production is sold
as fluid milk and cream in Milwaukee,
Madison, other Wisconsin cities, and
in Chicago. The bulk of the milk is
manufactured into butter, cheese,
evaporated and condensed milk, and
other dairy products.'
  Wisconsin produced 11,378,000,000
pounds of milk in 1937, of which
10,441,000,000 pounds were sold off the
farm. Of the volume sold it appears
from data on the manufacture of
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