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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Thirty-eighth annual proceedings of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-eighth convention, Pavilion, near Nekoosa, Wisconsin, August 12, 1924. Thirty-eighth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, January 13, 1925

Fracker, S. B.
Planning for state-wide cranberry insect control,   pp. 23-27 PDF (1.2 MB)

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of the northern counties with farmers. Profits in raising potatoes
have hastened the movement until it, in turn, has gone beyond the
legitimate demand and for several years the markets of the country
have been flooded with the particular kinds of products much of the
newly-settled areas are in the best position to produce. It is clear
that this is no time for further increasing the potato growing land
by several million acres and those who are interested in land policies
are considering the best utilization which can be made of the cut-over
*         In view of the adaptability of cranberry growing to couhtry which
cannot be used for any other purpose, all proposals for the develop-
ment of this industry will be given an unusual degree of attention.
In securing hearings for your proposal it is therefore only necessary
for you to point out its relation to the prosperity of the cranberry
industry and the effect that your prosperity will have on the develop-
ment of furthEr extensive tracts adaptable to the growing of this
delicious fruit.
The State Department of Agriculture is thoroughly convinced that
the control of the insect pests and plant diseases of the cranberry is
important for the prosperity of the state, that it is a thoroughly prac-
ticable suggestion, and that the method of securing a specialist to
discover incipient insect and disease outbreaks and propose control
measures for them is the best method of handling the problem. I
have the assurance of the Commissioner if Agriculture that we shall
do everything in our power to be of assistance in securing the adop-
tion of the plan and working it out in a successful and profitable
PRES. LEWIS: It is necessary that we decide today what form of
assistance we want from the state, and how to go about it. I would
like to have every grower here make known his opinion on this sub-
ject. If they want a fieldman, as Dr. Fracker says, we should state
in our request that we want a fieldman and for what purpose we want
him. We should go down to the legislature with a very definite pro-
gram. We would like to hear dfferent opinions on this subject.
MR. HEDLER: I thought about this matter quite seriously since this
effort was made to get someone to help us as a state aid man. I have
an idea that you have to show these people down there that you've
got the goods, and that it is worth their while and the while of the
state. Perhaps that was done in that way, but we should put it up
to them in a concrete form.
0         We have taken land that wasn't worth much. and would never have
been worth much in anything except the cranberry business. It meant
that this would never have paid the state very much in the way of
taxes if it hadn't been developed. We know that lands suitable for
general farming have to-day a certain value. I have some of it in
the state of Wisconsin, and I know I am paying a big tax on it; but
I also know that the same sort of land we made our marsh out of we
are paying a much smaller tax on than on land suitable for general

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