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)
- .~~ ___ -r- ~?- - WISCoNSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 91 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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