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conservatism characterised Kennedy's tenure as he prioritised IAOS support for creameries, but he also received criticism for his preference to support stronger societies over smaller, less established ones. 7 A lack of dynamism led the Minister of Agriculture to appoint Joseph Knapp, the Administrator of the American Farmer Co-operative Service based at the US Department of Agriculture, to conduct an independent review of the IAOS to find out what ‘might be done to strengthen it [the co-operative movement] and to increase its influence in the agricultural sphere generally

in Civilising rural Ireland

the IAOS's resources. After this date IAOS remained financially vulnerable with its work ‘sadly hampered by lack of funds’. 64 This loss of funding encouraged conservatism within the movement as priorities shifted from expanding the repertoire of co-operative activities to the maintenance of a healthy creamery sector. The importance of private donors to the continuation of the IAOS's work proved to be most crucial at this point. The IAOS appealed for higher contributions from its societies to meet this shortfall. However, the level of contributions failed to match

in Civilising rural Ireland