Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin
Rapid gains made in cooperative purchasing, pp. 37-39 PDF (780.9 KB)
consin was prepared by Froker and Knapp (Farm Credit Administration Bulletin No. 20, 1937). In that study the purchasing associations were clas- sified in the following four major groups: "(1) Petroleum associations, which handle primarily petroleum products such as gasoline, kerosene, distillate, lubricating oil, and grease; (2) warehouse associations, which op- erate warehouses for the sale of feed, seed, and other general farm supplies, and which frequently grind and mix feed and conduct an ordinary grain- elevator business; (3) general store associations, which handle staple house- hold supplies and limited lines of such items as feed, seed, and twine; and (4) combination associations which combine the handling of petroleum products with a warehouse farm supply business." The Farm Credit Administration has records for approximately 215 local purchasing associations in Wisconsin, many of which have been in operation for many years, and, in addition the 20-odd local associations which began operation as grain co-ops. Sparta Cooperative Oil Co.-More than 100 of the local purchasing co. operatives are petroleum associations The Sparta Cooperative Oil Co. in Monroe County is one of these, selling petroleum products only. Since it was organized in 1931, this co-op has operated independently without affilia. tion with a wholesale cooperative. Sales in 1939 to almost 1,400 patrons amounted to over $210,000. With the increase in hard-surfaced roads, and the growing use of the motortruck in transporting farm prod. ucts, there has been a correspondingIy rapid expansion in the farmers' need for petroleum products. Of all sup. plies sold cooperatively in Wisconsin, petroleum products lead the field. Random Lake Cooperative Associa. tion.-One of the associations oper- ating a feed warehouse is the Ran- dom Lake Cooperative Association in Sheboygan County. It sells to 1,000 member and nonmember patrons flour, feed, coal, cement, lime, tile, petroleum products, and other supplies. The co-op also sells patrons' prod- ucts, marketing chiefly barley, wool, One of the Farmers Union oil cooperatives is located at Bruce, His., in Rusk County. I iiI -38.
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