Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-third annual convention November 14, 15, 1934 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Jackson, H. C.
The University of Wisconsin Dairy Department, pp. 43-46 PDF (931.2 KB)
Cheese makers mutual insurance plan and progress, pp. 46-49 PDF (957.7 KB)
46 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION The Federal Bureau of Dairy Industry cooperates with our depart- ment on the Swiss cheese project and furnishes a full time man for this purpose. In closing, let me state again that it is the desire of the department to continue to be of real service to the industry. With this ideal be- fore us, continual reorganization to meet changing conditions and needs has taken place. New methods of presenting new information in teaching and extension have been worked out. Some of the old courses have been dropped and new ones added; new research projects have been initiated and the personnel dealing with the cheese exten- sion service has been augmented. CHEESE MAKERS MUTUAL INSURANCE PLAN AND PROGRESS By JOHN HicKs Mr. Chairman, Members of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Associa- tion, Ladies and Gentlemen: Last January as I was driving from Appleton to Milwaukee along Highway number 10, I came to a cheese factory. I stopped in to buy some cheese to take home. It was the first factory I was ever in. We got to talking and when he learned I was in the fire insurance business he began telling me about the high rates and the insurance problem in the industry. I was interested. It was new to me, and when I was in Madison a short time later I went into the insurance department to learn what I could about the cheese industry. I was referred to Professor Sammis. I was told he was secretary of the State Association and that he knew more about cheese and theicheese industry than any other man. Professor Sammis told me that several attempts had been made to get relief from the insurance burden but none of them had been suc- cessful. We began to investigate. We accumulated insurance facts and figures from the fire marshal's office and elsewhere and the far- ther we went the more apparent it became that the only relief to this problem was a cheese makers mutuaL A cheese makers mutual was needed. Needing a mutual is one thing and getting a mutual is some- thing else. Getting it depended on how well the industry was organ- ized so that concerted action could be taken. It also depended on how much interest the officers would take in it, and how much they were interested in their work. I was surprised when I learned that the cheese industry is one of the most highly organized industries in the country. With the thirty branch associations which Professor Sammis has organized throughout the state, with the system of news letters sent out every two weeks whereby the activity of any branch is told about and sent to the other branches, it was very clear that any undertaking properly planned could be successful very easily if the industry wanted it. Finally, these insurance facts and figures which had been accumu- lated were taken up with the officers and directors of your state asso-
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