Sorghum is a plant that for many years has been used in the United States in an attempt to produce sugar. For over 25 years sorghum had been used to create syrup and it was believed that it sorghum would become a vital source of cane-sugar. Despite attempts, sorghum did not produce enough sugar to be of worth commercially. On January 30, 1882 the United States Commissioner of Agriculture of the Department of Agriculture, Hon. George B. Loring, requested that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review "the sorghum question"; that is the sugar-producing value of sorghum. Investigation of the Scientific and Economic Relations of the Sorghum Sugar Industry presents the NAS sorghum Committee's results following its investigation into the matter. The report includes the findings of the committee, the failures and success of producing sugar from sorghum, letters of transmittal, and more.
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|The Sorghum Sugar Industry: Introduction||13-13|
|Conflicting opinions on essential points||14-19|
|The agricultural characters of sorghum||20-22|
|Value of the research in a material sense to the nation||23-23|
|Further investigations desirable||24-24|
|The analytical methods employed||25-25|
|Comparative results of analysis and polarization||26-26|
|Production of sugar from sorghum; failure and success||29-28|
|SUMMARY OF RESULTS OBTAINED||43-42|
|A. -OF THE POINTS ALREADY SETTLED||43-50|
|B. -FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS||51-56|
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