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Cultivating Cooperation: A History of the Missouri Farmers Association

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As one of the most successful farm organizations in the United States, the Missouri Farmers Association brought together farm clubs from all over the state to serve as the central body through which farmer-owned businesses could compete with investor-owned businesses. In Cultivating Cooperation, Raymond A. Young follows the fascinating history of MFA from its grassroots beginning in a schoolhouse in 1914 through the upheaval that led to only the second leadership change in the organization's history in 1979. With...
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Overview

As one of the most successful farm organizations in the United States, the Missouri Farmers Association brought together farm clubs from all over the state to serve as the central body through which farmer-owned businesses could compete with investor-owned businesses. In Cultivating Cooperation, Raymond A. Young follows the fascinating history of MFA from its grassroots beginning in a schoolhouse in 1914 through the upheaval that led to only the second leadership change in the organization's history in 1979. With intimate knowledge of the organization, Raymond Young involves the reader in the intricacies of the formation and development of the Missouri Farmers Association, enlivening his account with liberal use of anecdotes from the pages of The Missouri Farmer. An introduction by Michael L. Cook explores the parallel development of other cooperatives nationwide. Students and scholars of Missouri history, as well as farmers and those interested in agriculture, will find this comprehensive examination of MFA an invaluable resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826210005
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Raymond A. Young started his lifelong career with the Missouri Farmers Association in 1933 as an accountant for the Producers Produce Company in Springfield. In 1938 he moved to Columbia, were he served as President of MFA Oil for forty-two years, spending the last thirteen years of his career as Executive Vice President of MFA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: What Is MFA?
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Prologue: The Post-Civil War Era in Missouri, 1885-1910 13
I The Hirth Era, 1914-1940
1 William Hirth and the Farm Club Movement 19
2 The Creation of a Statewide Organization 32
3 Continued Growth: The Easy 1920s 49
4 Politics and Conflict 69
5 MFA in the 1930s 87
6 The End of an Era 102
II The Heinkel Era, 1940-1979
7 Expanding Business Ventures: The 1940s 133
8 MFA in the 1950s 154
9 Reorganization: The 1960s 165
10 MFA, a Good Neighbor 180
11 MFA in the 1970s 183
12 Heinkel Defeated by Thompson, 1979 200
Epilogue 208
Appendix One. MFA Oil Company: A Brief History 211
Appendix Two. MFA Livestock Association: A Brief History 216
Appendix Three. Members of the Board of Directors, Missouri Farmers Association, 1917-1994 219
Notes 227
Index 231
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