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One thousand pecan growers are members of the 19 local associations indicated on the above map. The broken lines connect these local agsociations with the National Pecan Marketing Association, with headquarters at Jackson, Miss. These 19 local receiving and grading associations have been organized since July 7, 1930. Other locals will be established as they are needed.


The National Bean Marketing Association was established on February 24,1930, with headquarters at 301 Cooper Building, Denver, Colo. It is one of the six national sales agencies established under the provisions of the agricultural marketing act by cooperatives with the aid of the Federal Farm Board. Before starting the operation of this association, cooperatives are carrying out their original plan to strengthen the member agencies and organize new cooperatives wherever they are needed. While the National's member agencies are being developed the beans are handled by the cooperative local and regional agencies.

The National Bean Marketing Association has been organized by growers and their cooperatives so that eventually dry beans may be marketed through a central sales agency.

While this association has been organized (articles of incorporation were filed on February 24, 1930), it was agreed by the organization committee that at the outset efforts should be concentrated on strengthening member associations and in bringing about the organization of bean growers in sections where at present there are no cooperative associations. This organization work was recognized by the incorporators as being a necessary preliminary to the actual functioning of the association as an active marketing agency. In carrying out that program the National Bean Marketing Association was not in active operation during the 1930 season. During the organization period the cooperatively marketed beans wiĩl be handled by the local and regional agencies. Associations handling Great Northern beans have contracted with an exclusive sales agency. A pinto bean regional association has been established for the Colorado and New Mexico producing areas. Bean associations, as well as individual growers, in Colorado and New Mexico are members of this association, which is called the Pinto Bean Growers Association, with headquarters at Trinidad, Colo. This association has also contracted with a sales agency which will handle members' products. Definite progress thus has been made in accordance with the program outlined along regional lines. The work done in organizing new and strengthening old local and regional associations will aid in laying the proper foundation for the National Bean Marketing Association.

STUDY REVEALS COOPERATIVE COMPETITION The Federal Farm Board assisted in organizing the National Bean Marketing Association. A study of the bean-marketing field made prior to the incorporation of the National Association revealed that cooperative bean-marketing associations in nearly all areas needed to be strengthened. It was found that there is direct competition among cooperatives operating in the same area and often among cooperatives in different areas. There existed no coordinated action by cooperatives toward developing more effective distribution of the several varieties of beans grown. Neither was there coordination in efforts to increase consumption through advertising and other practical means. It was found that some of the existing associations are in need of additional capital for acquiring necessary physical facilities and for current marketing purposes. The study indicated that with widely scattered associations, many of which are relatively small, it would be difficult for the bean growers to work effectively with the Federal Farm Board and receive the full benefits of the agricultural marketing act.

In paving the way for working out a uniform selling plan which will be carried on through the National Bean Marketing Association when it is put into operation, the producing States have been divided into five districts, as follows: First, New York and Michigan; second, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana; third, Colorado and New Mexico; fourth, lima and baby lima bean section of California ; fifth, other varietal bean sections of California.

More detailed information may be obtained by writing direct to the National Bean Marketing Association, 301° Cooper Building, Denver, Colo.

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NATIONAL BEET GROWERS ASSOCIATION During the summer of 1930 the National Beet Growers Association with headquarters at Greely, Colo., was formed by the cooperative organization of sugar-beet producers. The first meeting which led up to the formation of the new association was held in Denver, Colo., June 20 and 21, and was attended by various representatives and a member of the Federal Farm Board. The second meeting was held August 2, at Greeley, Colo. The Federal Farm Board invited to this meeting representatives from Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan, Utah, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, California, Wisconsin, Idaho, Ohio, Kansas, and Washington. At that time articles of incorporation and by-laws were approved for the National Association which was incorporated under the laws of Delaware.

The new association is one of the seven established by cooperatives with the board's aid. It is not a central sales agency, as is the case with the other six national organizations, but is interested primarily in service to its members and bargaining. The beet association's membership is confined to cooperative associations of sugar-beet growers. The States having such cooperatives at the time the association was incorporated were Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. Membership in these cooperatives comprises a very large percentage of the growers. Arrangements were made at the time the National was formed to organize cooperatives in the sugar-beat growing regions with a view to extending the scope and activities of the association. The main office of the National cooperative are at Greeley, Colo., and provision is made for an office at Scotts Bluff, Nebr.

NATIONAL'S OBJECTIVES The objectives of the National Association are the same as apply to other producer cooperatives except that the growers do not expect to engage in the actual marketing of the commodity. Their principal objectives are to bargain and develop better relationship with the processors, standardize the methods of marketing to the processors with a view to eliminating all unnecessary costs and wastes, join with the processors in extending the sale and consumption of beet sugar, eliminate transportation wastes that now result from crosshauls between the several beet sugar producing regions, and do any other things that promise to promote the welfare of the beet grower.

The board of directors was selected from the States included in the call for representatives to the meeting of August 2, except Indiana and New Mexico. At this meeting names were recommended to the Farm Board for the sugar beets and sugarcane advisory committee. This committee met in Washington, D. C., on September 14, 1930, and among other things recommended that a clearing-house association be set up under section 10 of the agricultural marketing act to sell and distribute beet sugar and cane sugar. The organization of such an association is now under way.

The National Beet Growers Association does not request financial aid from the Farm Board, for, largely speaking, it is a bargaining association and does not require marketing funds. If the proposed clearing-house association is set up the board may be called upon to assist in financing the marketing of beet and cane sugar.

FARMERS GROW 717,000 ACRES OF BEETS In 1929 the sugar-beet acreage in this country was 717,000 with a yield of 7,672,000 tons, having a farm value of approximately $57,600,000. To the extent that beet-sugar production may be maintained on a profitable basis, this acreage may be substantially increased since the continental United States produces only about one-fifth of its domestic sugar requirements.

Below are the names and addresses of the sugar beets and sugarcane advisory committee: Fred Cummings, Fort Collins, Colo. Ralph Clark, Eaton, Colo. Charles M. Kearney, Morrill, Nebr. C. R. Oviatt, East Lansing, Mich. Stephen H. Love, Salt Lake City, Utah. Percy A. Lemann, Donaldsonville, La. E. J. Caire, Edgard, La.

Mr. Love and Mr. Caire were certified to the board as “handlers or processors."

More detailed information may be obtained by writing direct to the National Beet Growers Association, Box 414,"Greeley, Colo.

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