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Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent

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      Tho epodemic of Sleeping Sickness which we witnessed in 1938
 disappeared almost entirely in 1939. Its disappearance was one of
 the peculiarities of the disease. It came upon us fast and dis-
 appeared with the same speed. What the possibilities of its re-
 appearance are, is still a matter of question.
      The bee industry has been encouraged and this office has helped
 maintain a County Beekeepers Association. Inspection work was
 carried on this past year again and 26 colonies of American Foul
 Brood were discovered and destroyed by the colony owner and the
 inspector. The Beekeepers are aware of the fact that this disease
 is their worst enemy and when appraised of this information are
 willing to cooperate to eradicate the disease.
      This office has cooperated with the secretary and Board of
Directors of the Production Credit Association wherever possible.
The P.C.A. provides short-time loans to farmers who cannot obtain
credit from the local banks and who have security to back their
loan. I think it is noteworthy that the policy of the P.C.A* is to
make loans for wbi!! stock so that the farmer can increase his in-
come so that he can not only pay off the loan but pay off other
loans and expenses as well.
     Because of economic conditions the past few years, a large
number of farms in St. Croix County have now become the property
of the Federal Land Bank, This office has cooperated with the
officials of the Federal Land Bank to help alleviate the exist-
ing conditions for their present borrowers and to help them,
wherever possible, to rehabilate farmers on these already fore-
closed farms.
     Some work was done last winter with the boys in the Agri-
cultural departments, encouraging them to take an interest in
small fruits of the farm size orchard. As a result of this an order
was pooled for apple trees which we obtained through a nearby nur-
sery. These trees were of fine stock and were priced very reason-
able. This coming year we have already made plans to order several
times as many trees and small fruits as we did last year.
     The one new weed which farmers will want to acquaint them-
selves with is Creeping Jenny or Field Bindweed, This has already

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