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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Discussion,   pp. 98-101 PDF (805.1 KB)

Alvord, Henry C.
[Address: taxation on whey butter],   pp. 101-106 PDF (1.3 MB)

Page 101

Wiwosin Dairyve's Association. 
The President: We are honored this afternoon by having 
with us a representative of the T)epartanent of Agriculture of 
the United States Government, the dairy veteran, Major Al- 
vord, who will now address us. 
Major Alvord, Washington, D. C. 
Mr. President, correspondence with the 1epartment at Wash- 
ington and articles that have appeared lately in the public press, 
have indicated that the impression has gone abroad in this 
state that there was some opposition to the manufacture of whey 
butter, or that the government or government officers intended 
to interfere with the manufacture of whey buttes by special tax- 
ation or otherwise, and it seemed to me that this was a fit and 
desirable opportunity to say a word on this subject. 
There is but one law upon the statute books of the United 
States which relates to butter, and that law was largely an acci- 
dent, and rather exceptional in that respect. Generally, these 
laws of this class result from long continued agitation and spe- 
cial effort, but in connection with the latest legislation on the 
subject of oleomargarine, and in the course of formulating that 
legislation, committees of Congress, of their own motion, as you 
may say, because of information which came to them while they 
were perfecting the oleo legislation, saw fit to include in the 
oleo bill three or four sections relating to butter, and among 
those sections certain classes or kinds of butter, if found any- 
where in the United States, may be specially taxed-must be 
specially taxed, and the manufacturers of those particular kinds 
or grades of butter are subjected to license fees and certain re- 
strictions in their business. 

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