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RICE GROWERS' COOPERATIVES Rice growers are taking advantage of the agricultural marketing act. Grower-owned and controlled associations operating in each of the three rice-producing areas of the United States have been granted supplemental commodity loans by the Federal Farm Board. Physical facility loans have been made by the board to assist rice growers of Arkansas and California to finance their milling properties.
Pacific rice growers are served by the Rice Growers Association of California with headquarters at Sacramento, Calif. This association operates a rough rice selling office at Sacramento and also mills rice for its members and sells the cleaned rice. California rice growers raise practically all Japan-type rice, which is sold principally to markets on the Pacific coast, Hawaiian Islands, Porto Rico, and some in the eastern part of the United States. During some years the association exports rice to Japan. A large percentage of the rice growers of California are members of this association. They become members of the organization by signing marketing agreements.
Growers in Arkansas are members of the Arkansas Rice Growers Cooperative Association, at Stuttgart. This association is principally a milling organization, although under the contract agreement the grower has the privilege of selling his rice either in rough or the milled form. The milled rice is sold by the association and the returns are made to the grower on a pooling basis.
ROUGH RICE AGENCY The American Rice Growers Cooperative Association at Lake Charles, La., operates in Texas and Louisiana. This association sells only rough rice for its members. It has several local selling offices. The selling activities of these offices are coordinated through their central office at Lake Charles, La. Rice is not pooled in this association. The individual grower's crop of rice is sold and all of the proceeds are returned to him after deducting the cost of grading, selling, delivering, market-news information, and other services.
So far these associations have not coordinated their marketing activities in a national program. The kind of rice, as well as the method of handling it, varies somewhat in each association. The listance between the various cooperatives has also tended to delay he coordination of their marketing activities.
REDTOP SEED COOPERATIVES Redtop seed growers of Illinois have made use of the agricultural marketing act. Money has been loaned to the Egyptian Seed Growers Exchange, of Flora, Ill., by the Federal Farm Board. The board's loan was supplemental to an intermediate credit bank's primary loan. The association, which is affiliated with the Illinois Agricultural Association, of Chicago, handles approximately 10 per cent of the seed produced in its territory. It sells the redtop seed for more than 800 farmers, and owns and operates four warehouses in southern Illinois.
SOYBEAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION Soylean growers in Illinois have been benefited by the agricultural marketing act through supplemental commodity and merchandising loans granted to the Soybean Marketing Association, of Champaign, III., by the Federal Farm Board. The association was organized in October, 1929. It has approximately 2,200 farmer members.
Loans from an intermediate credit bank and the Farm Board make it possible for this association to advance cash to farmers on their crop, hold the soybeans in warehouses in various parts of Illinois, and market them more orderly.
REGIONAL HONEY COOPERATIVES Beekeepers of the Northwest have taken advantage of the agricultural marketing act. In 1929 the Farm Board made a commodity loan to the Mountain States Honey Producers Association (Inc.), at Boise, Idaho. The board's loan was in addition to the money which had been borrowed by the association from the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank, Spokane, Wash.
The Mountain States organization is a regional association engaged in the marketing of extracted and comb honey. Its organization was completed on February 24, 1927, and in October, 1930, it had a membership of 547 beekeepers located in the territory, extending over 11 States from Wisconsin to eastern Washington and Oregon. The association handled approximately 4,000,000 pounds of extracted honey produced in 1929,
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COOPERATIVE MARKETING PUBLICATIONS
Circular No. 1. Federal Farm Board, Questions and Answers.
Cooperative Marketing Associations.
Cooperative Marketing Act. Copies of the following publications, issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, may be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., at the prices indicated. Important: Order by name and number.
CIRCULAR 16. Some Economic Aspects of Marketing of Milk and Cream in New England.
20 cents. 86. A Business Analysis of the Producers Live Stock Commission Association
of National Stock Yards, Ill. 10 cents 94. Farmers' Cooperative Associations in the United States, 1929. 15 cents. 100. Business Analysis of the Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association. 25 cents.
DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR 397. Farmers' Cooperative Business Study, The Staple Cotton Cooperative
Association. 10 cents. 403, Business Set-up of a Cooperative Marketing Association. 5 cents. 416. Demand, Marketing, and Production of Oregon and Washington Prunes. 10 cents.
DEPARTMENT BULLETIN 1106. Legal Phases of Cooperative Associations. 20 cents. 1237. Organization and Development of a Cooperative Citrus-Fruit Marketing
Agency. 10 cents. 1261. Operating Methods and Expense of Cooperative Citrus-Fruit Marketing
Agencies. 5 cents. 1392. Cooperative Marketing of Cotton. 10 cents. 1414. Management Problems of Cooperative Associations Marketing Fruits and Vegetables. 10 cents.
FARMERS' BULLETIN 1144. Cooperative Marketing. 5 cents. 1502. Cooperative Livestock Shipping Associations. 5 cents.
TECHNICAL BU'LLETIN 13. Practices and Costs of Cotton-Gin Operations in North Central Texas,
1924–25. 15 cents. 57. Cooperative Marketing of Live Stock in the United States by Terminal
Associations. 25 cents. 63. Cooperative Marketing of Grain in Western Canada. 20 cents. 124. Some Factors Affecting the Marketing of Wool in Australia, New Zealand,
the Union of South Africa, England, and France, 25 cents.
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATION 14. Pooling as Practiced by Cooperative Marketing Associations. 5 cents.
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