Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin
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ters, and on membership and educa- tional programs. As a part of its extensive work in cooperative educa- tion, the Central issues two weekly publications, the Co-operative Builder, and Finnish Co-op Weekly. Wisconsin Cooperative Farm Supply Co.-The Wisconsin Cooperative Farm Supply Co. at Madison is a wholesale farm-supply distributing agency. It was organized in 1937 to take over this function from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (Cooperative). Feed, seed, fertilizer, and petroleum products are the major commodities handled. Five cooperative associa- tions are the members of the Wisconsin Cooperative Farm Supply Co. and hold its common stock. Each of the five member associations has voting repre- sentation in the wholesale supply company in proportion to their re- spective individual farmer member- ships. The object of this provision is to give an equal voting right to each farmer member of the five co-ops. Commodities are sold by the Wisconsin Cooperative Farm Supply Co. to both member and nonmember local farm-supply cooperatives. Sales in the fiscal year ended September At the uurehouse of the Dane County Cooper- ative Farm Supply Co. in Madison, Wis., 1.500 patrons buy flour, feed, seed, fertilizer, salt, and motor oil. 30, 1939, amounted to more than $260,000. Fox River Valley Cooperative Whole. sale.-A successful newcomer in the field, the Fox River Valley Coopera. tive Wholesale, at Appleton, sold sup- plies for almost $470,000 in the 13. month period ended July 31, 1940, its fourth year of operation, and realized a net saving of over $21,500. In the spring of 1936, a group of retail farmer-owned cooperatives in the Fox River Valley, located in central and eastern Wisconsin, joined in organizing the wholesale-purchasing association for the purpose of handling hardware, petroleum products, and farm supplies. Today the wholesale is receiving the active support of its 38 retail member associations representing more than 15,000 farmers. The original membership dues to- gether with the annual dues represent an initial investment of $200, which has grown during the 4-year period to a net worth of nearly $50,000. Cer- tificates of capital interest on a patron- age basis are issued each year in the amount of the profits realized. In ac- cordance with the revolving-fund basis on which the certificates are to be re- deemed, the oldest ones will be paid first. The cooperative owns its own land and warehouse with a 360-foot rail- road siding in Appleton, and main- tains its sales office there. The major items stocked are twine, rope, plumb- ing supplies and fixtures, water sts- tems, electrical appliances, hardware, paint, wire and fencing, auto supplies, grease and oil, insecticides, alcohol, seed, and feed. The wholesale's trade- mark "Fox Co-operative" is carried on many of these commodities. The co.
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