For much of the twentieth century sugar beets were Utah's most important cash crop. Farmers grew beets under contract with a sugar company. Two large Utah based companies, Utah-Idaho and The Amalgamated Sugar companies, dominated the industry, processing beets throughout the state.
Growers organized in the 1920s through the American Farm Bureau Federation in order to bargain collectively with the companies for the sale of their crop. Growers association were organized on local, state and national levels. The state association negotiated a contract with company representatives every year. Farmers pressed for higher prices through their association. But the association was not limited to bargaining over prices. Grower representatives were present in the scale house insuring accurate weights and measures; they checked the tare; they were also present in the laboratory double checking chemical tests. The association looked out for the farmers' interests.
This collection contains reports, correspondence and miscellaneous business records for The Utah Beet Grower's Association from the late 1960s to the 1970s.
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from The Utah Beet Growers Association must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: The Utah Beet Growers Association Papers USU_COLL MSS 204, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 204, USUSCA.
This collection is arranged in no discernible order.
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