Agricultural Depression; Causes and Remedies

Agricultural Depression; Causes and Remedies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...and encouragement in Maine in 1870--71, the experiments went to the wall. The successful era of the production of sugar from beets may be dated from the organization of the factory at Watsonville, Cal., and the reorganization of the Alvarado factory in 1880, followed by the building of three factories in 1889, 1891, and in 1892 at Grand Island, and at Norfolk, Nebr., and at Chino, Cal., by the Oxnard Bros., who have invested large sums of money, having expended time and money abroad and here studying the sugar industry. The financial results for the past three years have shown little or no profit, which is the experience abroad, but with a few more years encouragement as in the present law, they hope to make fair dividends. The beet-sugar producers in this country are laboring under many and severe disadvantages; educating the farmers is alone expensive; labor is a great factor and the inability to market what is known as the "by-products," together with high freight tariffs and the sharp competition from abroad, make the industry but a struggling financial experiment as yet. These "by-products" are of material value in increasing the cost here of sugar. They consist of the pulp, which is extensively fed to cattle in Europe, because it is very fattening; worth there $1.25 a ton, given away here when 25 cents can not be obtained for it. Our farmers have not yet come to realize its real worth. Then we have the potash salts and the lime cake, used abroad by farmers for fertilizing, and liberally paid for, while in this country it is an item of expense, as it must be hauled away from the factory. The following table shows how much sugar we have bought from foreign couutries since 1851, and the amount of duty paid thereon: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236591305
  • 9781236591302