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Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin

Eggs and poultry,   pp. 34-[35] PDF (572.9 KB)

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for the benefit of patrons. According
to the findings of a survey made in
1939, eggs sold cooperatively by Wis-
consin associations in the previous
year brought $250,000, and poultry
$50,000. These sales were made by
16 associations, only one of which, the
St. Croix Cooperative Poultry and Egg
Association, was handling these prod-
ucts as its chief activity. The other
15 associations included a number of
purchasing cooperatives, creameries,
and elevators, and one livestock ship-
ping association.
Equity Cooperative Elevator Co.-
One of these elevators, the Equity
Cooperative Elevator Co. at River
Falls in Pierce County, handles sub-
stantial amounts of eggs and poultry.
This business has been developed as an
accommodation to patrons. The co-
op members consider that the activity
brings grain business to the elevator,
and that the grain dealings increase the
volume of eggs and poultry brought
for handling. Sales of eggs and poultry
for patrons in 1939 amounted to over
$100,000. Eggs are paid for in cash.
Some of the farmers bring their eggs
and poultry 20 miles to the cooperative.
After grading, candling, and repacking
in new cases, the eggs are hauled by a
co-op truck to a dealer in Chicago.
No attempt is made to pay patronage
dividends, as the patrons are paid the
full price for eggs and poultry minus
actual operating costs of the co-op's
egg and poultry department.
  St. Croix Cooperative Poultry and
Egg Association.-More than 25 years
in operation is the record of the St.
Croix Cooperative Poultry and Egg
Association at Baldwin in central St.
Croix County. This co-op was or-
ganized in 1915 as the Farmers Poultry
Shipping Association, and reorganized
in 1926. Sales of more than 340,000
dozen eggs and over 80,000 pounds of
poultry made in 1939 for about 100
patrons aggregated $75,000. The asso-
ciation serves farms located outside
Baldwin-at Elmwood, Woodville,
Spring Valley, Emerald, Wilson, Ham-
mond, Roberts, and Glenwood City.
Eggs are marketed in Chicago and
New York.
Every bag of wool sent to the Wisconsin Cooperative Wool Growers Association
is carefully graded
                              and sold on grade.

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