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COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
CLIFFORD R. HOPE, Kansas, Chairman AUGUST H. ANDRESEN, Minnesota
HAROLD D. COOLEY, North Carolina WILLIAM S. HILL, Colorado
W. R. POAGE, Texas CHARLES B. HOEVEN, Iowa
GEORGE M. GRANT, Alabama SID SIMPSON, Illinois
E. C. GATHINGS, Arkansas ERNEST K. BRAMBLETT, California
JOHN L. MCMILLAN, South Carolina PAUL B. DAGUE, Pennsylvania
THOMAS G. ABERNETHY, Mississippi RALPH HARVEY, Indiana
CARL ALBERT, Oklahoma HAROLD O. LOVRE, South Dakota
WATKINS M. ABBITT, Virginia PAGE BELCHER, Oklahoma
JAMES G. POLK, Ohio CLIFFORD G. MCINTIRE, Maine
PAT SUTTON, Tennessee JAMES S. GOLDEN, Kentucky
W. M. (DON) WHEELER, Georgia WILLIAM R, WILLIAMS, New York
CLARK W. THOMPSON, Texas KARL C. KING, Pennsylvania
PAUL C. JONES, Missouri ROBERT D. HARRISON, Nebraska
A. S. (SYD) HERLONG, JR., Florida WILLIAM C. WAMPLER, Virginia
A. FERNÓS-ISERN, Puerto Rico
JOHN J. HEIMBURGER, Counsel
Reed, 0. R., Delaware, Ohio...
Watson, Thomas, Newcomerstown, Ohio.
LONG RANGE FARM PROGRAM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1953
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Columbus, Ohio. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m., in the statehouse, Columbus, Ohio, the Honorable Clifford R. Hope (chairman) presiding.
Present: Representatives_Hope (chairman), Dague, Harvey, Belcher, McIntire, Harrison, Poage, Albert, and Polk.
Also present: Representatives Jenkins, Vorys, McCulloch, and Betts of Ohio.
STATEMENT OF HON. CLIFFORD R. HOPE, A REPRESENTATIVE IN
CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF KANSAS
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. This hearing in Columbus is one of a series of hearings to be held throughout the country and all the agricultural sections during the interim between the two sessions of Congress, the one that adjourned in August and the one that will begin in January. These hearings are being held for the purpose of giving farmers out over the country an opportunity to come before the committee and give the committee their views on agriculture policies and programs,
The committee also has in mind learning more about agriculture in all parts of the country. I think our individual members are very well informed as to agriculture in their own areas, but none of us know too much about agriculture in other parts of the country. In this great country of ours we have such a great variety in our agriculture that it is necessary, if we are going to legislate on agriculture problems for the whole country, that the members have a pretty comprehensive idea of agriculture in the entire United States. And that is another purpose of our hearing.
The principal purpose is to enable us to get the sentiment of the farmers, the grassroot sentiment, as to changes and improvements that might be made in our farm program. We had some very fine meetings. We anticipate to have a very fine meeting in Columbus today. Everything that is said in this meeting will be taken down by our reporter. The transcript will be printed and will be available to all members of the committee.
At this hearing, of course, we do not have all the members of the committee present. In fact, we have the smallest number here, I guess, that we have had anywhere on our trip. It has been a rather long and arduous trip. Some of the members had engagements at