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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Thirty-eighth annual proceedings of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-eighth convention, Pavilion, near Nekoosa, Wisconsin, August 12, 1924. Thirty-eighth annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, January 13, 1925

Lewis, President
Address of President Lewis,   pp. 29-32 PDF (1002.3 KB)

Lewis, Chas. L., Jr.
To the members of the Joint Finance Committee,   p. 32 PDF (248.8 KB)

Page 32

packages and in this connection we will hear from Mr. J. L. Wilcox;
Manager of the Linderman Box and Veneer Co., of-Eau Claire, Wis.
We will hear from Mr. Searles on the Cost of Bog Development and
we will have other general discussions.
1 The Cranberry Industry in Wisconsin dates back over 50 year.,,
and for many years prior to the war the State maintained an
Experiment Station where the problems of the industry were
studied. This Station was discontinued during war times in
the interest of economy as a war measure and since that time
no State assistance of any kind has been given this industry.
2 The industry, being a highly specialized one, is not reached by
any other State Agency such as the county agent or the Uni-
versity Extension service and due to lack of State Aid, insects
and diseases have caused great losses to the growers of the
State and there is little incentive for the further development
of the industry.
3 The nations crop of cranberries is produced in three states, name-
ly, Massachusettes, New Jersey and Wisconsin. While Wis-
consin is most favorably located as to market and has the
largest acreage of land suitable for cranberry production Wis-
consin produces only 10% of the nations crop. Massachusettes
and New Jersey encourage this industry by operating State
Cranberry Experiment Stations and employing a corps of
trained men to work on the problems of the industry.
4 The present production of cranberries in Wisconsin averages about
50,000 barrels. These are raised on lands which are not suit-
able for any other purpose. It is perfectly possible to raise
this production to 200,000 barrels, and in doing so make val-
uable much more land which now lies idle and contributes
nothing to the coffers of the state.
5 At present cranberry growers in Wisconsin are paying taxes on
50,000 acres of this kind of land. This represents an mvest-
ment of $5,000.000 and gives work to several thousand people.
6 The Industry is asking through its Cooperative Association that
the request for an annual appropriation of $5,000 in the De-
partment of Agriculture budget be allowed. This money if
allowed will be spent under the direction of the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture and is to be used for the employment of
a trained specialist in cranberry insects and diseases, who will
devote his entire time to advisory work among the growers.
7 The growers of Wisconsin are paying state income taxes of many
times the amount asked for. We feel that we deserve this
modest assistance from our state and in view of the possibil-
ities for extension of the industry it will be a splendid invest-
ment for the State of Wisconsin.
The above report is a brief resume of the material to be presented
to the Joint Finance Committee on January 28th.
CHAS. L. LEWIS, JR., Chairman.

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