Excerpt from The Western Journal of Agriculture, Manufactures, Mechanic Arts, Internal Improvement, Commerce, and General Literature, Vol. 4: April-September, 1850
Should this newly discovered method of extracting sugar from beets be rendered sufficiently simple to enable every farmer to make sugar for his own consumption, or for market, without the use of expensive machinery, it will open to the agriculturists of the north western states a new branch of industry that will add greatly to the prosperity of the country, We have long looked to the region of the Upper Mississippi as destined to become a sugar growing district; and, we conclude that these discoveries are calculated to hasten the introduction of the beet, as one of its agricultural staples. For the more the cost of production is reduced the larger will be the cost and charges of transportation from the south, in proportion to the value, and the greater the advantages in favor of the producer in the north. To what extent these discoveries may effect the value of sugar estates in the cane growing region is difficult to foresee; but if, as We incline to believe, the consumption should increase in a ratio, equal to the production, and, consequent decline in price, sugar grow ing in the south may continue as profitable as heretofore.
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