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Statement of Continued
and president, Delta Rice Growers Association, Cleveland, Miss ----
ducers, Enid, Okla --
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servation District Supervisors, Batchelor, La.
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Nolley, Milton, Collierville, Tenn.
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Louisiana, Baton Rouge, La...
Soil Conservation District, Cordell, Okla...
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Second Congressional District of the State of Kansas
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Warhurst, H. P., Tillman County, Okla
Weniger, Watson, Cleveland, Kans...
Wickersham, Hon. Victor, Representative in Congress from the Sixth
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Williams, J. H., Natchitoches, La --------------------
Kansas City, Mo.-
Womack, Lantz, Winnsboro, La.
Worthington, Henry W., Mangum, Okla..
Yoder, R. D. & Sons, Cedardale Dairy Farm, Yoder, Kans
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Zollars, C. Ć., Harper, Kans--
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1955
UNITED STATES SENATE,
The Chair will recognize the distinguished Senator from Kansas, Senator Schoeppel.
Senator SCHOEPPEL. Senator Ellender and ladies and gentlemen of Kansas, I understand folks are here from Colorado, Oklahoma, and Missouri. It goes without saying that we are very much pleased that Senator Ellender and the other members of the Agriculture Committee of the Senate chose the State of Kansas for one of these important series of meetings being held throughout our Nation.
I want to introduce at this time the members of the Agriculture Committee who are here, and those who will be here later. I want you to know that this is a work session, as our chairman has pointed out or will point out. We are glad that as many of you are here as were able to come, and the chairman will go into certain phases of that.
To the left of the chairman here is my good friend, Ed Thye, the Senator from the State of Minnesota. Ed was Governor of Minnesota when I was privileged to be Governor of this State. Ed is deeply interested in agriculture, he is a real dirt farmer and dairyman within the State of Minnesota. I give you the senior Senator from the State of Minnesota, distinguished member of this Agriculture Committee of the United States Senate.
Senator THYE. Thank you, Senator Schoeppel.
Senator Ellender, my good friend Frank Carlson, ladies and gentlemen, we are glad to be in your State of Kansas, and while Senator Schoeppel introduced me as a dairyman, I am just one of these general farmers, the ordinary type of farmer-dairyman. We have a beef herd, also, and pork, and poultry, and therefore I know your farm problem not just from the statistics but I know it from the pocketbook to the end of the pitchfork. I am glad to be here with you this morning.
I want to say you in all sincerity as a member of this committeeand I can speak for all members of the committee we are seeking information, endeavoring to find out what you are thinking as a producer, and also we hope to find out what is necessary in the way of legislation to develop a farm program that will lift agriculture back on a basis of an equal share in this Nation's great economy.
There has never been a higher purchasing power in the history of this Nation. There have never been more jobs, retail turnover and wholesale turnover has been rapid, wholesome and strong. For these reasons there cannot be any justification for agricultural prices to be as low as they are. If you and I have overproduced, let's find out how we get our farm plant down so that it will be in balance with what our domestic consumption is and with what our export abilities are.
I am delighted to be with you. You are a fine looking group of folks and I am anxious to hear what you have to say
Senator SCHOEPPEL. Mr. Chairman and ladies and gentlemen, we have the honor today of having our own United States Senator, and my colleague in the United States Senate, with us. Frank tells us he can stay with us throughout this entire hearing. I give you at this time my colleague and your United States Senator from Kansas, Frank Carlson.
Senator Carlson. Senator Schoeppel and Chairman Ellender and Senatory Thye, I want to assure you I deeply appreciate, as I know the people of Kansas do, that this committee will hold this important hearing in our State. It has been my privilege to visit, I think, 70 counties in Kansas in the last 2 months. I hope the farmers today will express themselves to this committee as they have expressed themselves to me in these private sessions and meetings I have attended.
I would be less than candid if I didn't say I think we have a farm problem. I think this committee will get testimony here today which I hope they will give consideration to next January, and I think it is very important that we try to work out a program that will get the farmer his fair share of the national income, as Senator Thye said, which we are not receiving at the present time.
Again I say many thanks.
Senator SCHOEPPEL. I regret very much that probably due to weather conditions our colleague, the Senator from North Dakota, Milton Young, is lost some place between Minneapolis, Minn., and Wichita, Kans. We have a car standing by, if he gets off the plane between 8 and 9 o'clock in Wichita, to bring him here.
We have extended invitations through our distinguished chairman here to other members of our Kansas congressional delegation. Many of them are tied up in other affairs and have expressed regret that they could not be here.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, I want to say that I assure you that in my introductions here I saved the last purposely for our distinguished chairman. I have served a little over 6 years in the United States Senate. It has been my happy privilege and honor to be a member of this great Agriculture Committee. I have worked with the chairman of this committee for a great length of time in these important hearings, and before. I have served with him, and under him as chairman of this committee, a man who is deeply interested in agriculture, a man who knows a lot of things about farming, and it may interest many of you to know that a good many years ago he was in this State, in Stafford and Montgomery Counties, harvesting wheat. He knows something about our conditions out here, much beyond that