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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Goff, M. B.
Marketing of Wisconsin apples,   pp. 81-92 PDF (3.1 MB)


Page 91


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sufficiently far in advance to plan our policy. In some years the
knowledge of these factors in Sturgeon Bay would have given us
a dime or more per crate in addition to our cherry price. Un-
doubtedly we can afford to gather this information in Door County
for our own personal advantage, but the matter really affects
the policy of us all, and should be treated as an intersectional
problem.
It is perfectly logical for those of us in the fruit business to
look to this Society as an aid in a constructive program for the
betterment of the commercial fruit growing interests. I would
not have you think that I do not appreciate the really great work
which the Society has already done, in countless ways, for the
advertisement and enhancement of our interests, but I do be-
lieve that if we among the commercial men will formulate our
demands that the Society can meet them in a perfectly adequate
way. I am not blind to the questions of public policy involved
in having a state aided organization function as a private trade
body, nor do I think that we as fruit men have any right to ask
the state to finance our trade activities any more than the manu-
facturers of Milwaukee have to ask the'legislature to maintain
their organization. I do feel, however, that many of the ques-
tions which this organization should handle for the fruit growers
are broadly enough in the public interest to justify the expendi-
ture of state appropriations. Our trial orchard work is grad-
ually relieving the necessity for the larger expenditure of past
years, and a wise use of our funds would compel us to perform
additional constructive work if we are increasingly to justify the
confidence that the state has imposed in us. It is in the peculiarly
horticultural phases of crop data, facts regarding materials used
in fruit growing, legislation affecting fruit growing progress,
and many kindred subjects that the society can be useful, and
make a justifiable use of state appropriations. None of these
activities needs to overlap with the work of existing state depart-
ments, but should on the contrary reinforce and assist their
activities. The peculiarly horticultural phases of our industry
which do not fall within the field of the College of Agriculture,
or the Department of Markets, belong to us. In due respect to
the other problems which these other agencies must face, they
cannot give consideration to many of the questions to which we
want a solution.


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