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University of Wisconsin. College of Agriculture. Dept. of Agricultural Economics / Cooperation principles and practices: the application of cooperation to the assembling, processing and marketing of farm products, to the purchase of farm supplies and consumers' goods and to credit and insurance

III. The extent of cooperation in the United States,   pp. 22-27 PDF (1.5 MB)

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Wool and Mohair, and Poultry and Poultry Products. The value of dairy
products sold cooperatively in Wisconsin was three times the combined value
the other six commodity groups listed.
    Farmers in the United States during this period sold cooperatively $1,843,-
000,000 worth of products, and purchased cooperatively $187,000,000 worth
supplies. In other words, farmers market cooperatively about seven times
much as they buy cooperatively, measured in terms of value.
    The average tends to minimize the extent of cooperation in the handling
of some commodities. For example, around 90% of the lemons and 84% of
the oranges in California are marketed by cooperative associations. Eighty-
seven per cent of the walnuts are hahdled in this manner. Two-thirds of the
creamery butter manufactured in Wisconsin comes from cooperative creamer-
ies, and two-thirds of the cranberries grown in the United States are marketed
by a cooperative agency.
    The cash Income received by farmers from the sale of principal farm
products (94% of all products) for the marketing season of 1934-85 was
$5,864,460,000. During this same period, farmers marketed cooperatively,
ducts valued at $1,848,000,000. These figures indicate that something like.
one-fifth of the farm products of the United States are handled during some
stage of their marketing journey by cooperative associations. In Wisconsin
more than one-fourth of the farm products sold, from the standpoint of value,
pass through a cooperative organization.
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                UNITED STATES, MARKXTNG SEASON, 1934.1935
    Cooperative Purchasing of Farm and Household Supplies-Urban cooper-
ation extends to other varied enterprises such as stores, cafeterias, apartment
houses and manufacturing undertakings owned and operated by groups of

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