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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-fifth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., December 2, 1931. Forty-fifth summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., August 18, 1931

Chambers, E. L.
Little things,   pp. 30-33 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 30

The matter of conservation of natural resources was taken up by
our committee with Governor La Follette at the meeting in October.
Governor La Follette's idea was that the cranberry growers, who are
vitally interested, of course, in conserving forests and water for their
use as well as for the general welfare of the country, would be in-
terested in working with the Conservation Commission to establish
reservoirs, cross dams, etc., to hold back the run-off water instead of
letting it go to waste through drainage ditches and other ditches not
necessary for the drainage of any particular area. It is their wish
that this committee be in readiness to cooperate with the Conserva-
tion Commission, and I would like to further state that I believe every
cranberry grower should have in mind the possibility of conserving
water for their own as well as for the country's welfare. There is no
question but what without water the cranberry grower might as well
go out of business. I think that any move that any community or
association of growers could bring about in this respect would be of
considerable benefit.
E. L Cmues, State Entomologist
Just as the rays of light, insignificant in themselves, collectively
make up the warmth of the sun and little drops of rain become great
rivers, so we find in looking about us in nature that after all it is the
little things that count Research and investigations reveal how the
big things result from these seemingly unimportant little things.) We
know from experience here in Wisconsin how a little smoldering camp
fire, fanned by a little breeze, will break into a flame and lay waste in
a few hours to thousands of acres of forest which required nature
nearly a century to develop. We have witnessed the introduction of
injurious insects and harmful plant diseases on nursery stock so light-
ly infested or infected that the casual observer did not recognize the
organisms until too late, and these pests have played havoc with our
History tells us of the famine in Ireland which resulted in the
death of thousands of its people because of starvation, resulting from
complete failure of their potato crop due to the introduction of a
fungous blight unnoticed until it had become suddenly established all
over that country. Smilaly a coffee leaf disease coat Ceylon more
than 75 million dollars in ten years following its appearance on that
Island in 1868, and eaused coffee cultivation to be abandoned on an
island where it had been very succesdfully and profitably grown for
many years. Thi same disease, you will recl, made coffee go g
unprofitable in the Philippines. Iikewise the P a  dise    of
bananas caused abandonment of nearly 100,000 acres of banana plan-
tations in central America, belonging to a single company We need
only mention the citrous canker and the Mediterranean Fruit Fly as
examples of why our citronu grwers demand protection against the

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