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that, well, somebody said the turkey man was all right but you could soon put him in trouble if you use the extra 50 percent and grow turkeys and you could then see the difficulties that face us.
Some people have said on this, some witnesses have testified in other places we shouldn't permit more growing of cattle. You get the idea. Even though they are not supported. So you can see the difficulty that would confront us if we would apply the prescription you are giving us on this 50 percent basis. I would have to plant it in something else. My fear is that you might run headon in the production of crops or of a commodity that may do violence to some of the producers of other commodities in surplus.
Mr. HARDY. My whole idea is actually we would have to consider only 30 percent additional land that could go into other, 30 or 25 percent—20 or 25 percent in soil conserving practices and 50 percent limited to supported commodities.
The CHAIRMAN. Some advanced the proposition that if we took as much as 25 percent out that might cure all the evils over 2 or 3 years but in the meantime somebody would probably suffer.
Mr. HARDY. At my home at present, speaking of-we grow two controlled crops, tobacco and cotton. We have 207 acres of cotton on 1,200 cleared acres and 43 acres of tobacco. We have considerable other acreage that has to be devoted to other products.
The CHAIRMAN. You would have 600 acres. What would you want to put the rest of the 600 acres in you don't grow tobacco and cotton on?
Mr. HARDY. We have considerable permanent pasture on which we have beef cattle and a few sheep.
The CHAIRMAN. How about the other 30 percent?
The CHAIRMAN. You would be surprised at how much opposition you will receive from the barley or oat grower in other places. I am glad you mentioned that.
Mr. HARDY. Thank you, sir.
STATEMENT OF L. D. HOLMES, SR., JOHNSTON, S. C.
Mr. HOLMES. Unfortunately I have been the victim of several of the crops you speak about.
The CHAIRMAN. I wish we could do something about the weather
Mr. HOLMES. I do, too.
Senator, we happen to be in the beef cattle business and grow peaches and cotton and small grain and corn. I think most of the things I intended to say have been said here before, but I do want to say a few things, sir.
I believe we ought to emphasize quality here. I think that ought to be our first motto. I think if we eliminate a lot of the undesirable
things and anything that doesn't measure up to quality, I don't think we can produce too much if we grow quality. I believe that applies to the beef industry, sir. Our experience over the years is you take a half bred calf you can put him on grass and he will put on about 200 pounds in 8 months time. When you get ready to sell that calf he will put on about 200 pounds, you sell him about half what you can sell a good one for. You only put on 200 pounds again and you have no profit.
If you take a good steer and he puts on 400 or 500 pounds and you can sell that steer for the top market price you have a right nice profit there. I believe you ought to put on some educational work with our farmers, particularly our cattle producers and stress quality.
The CHAIRMAN. Doesn't the market take care of that? You take cattle designated as commercial and they bring 8 or 9 cents a pound less than the ones you describe?
Mr. HOLMES. That is right.
Mr. HOLMES. No; there are some people that will keep producing cattle. I will tell you, you know as well as I do if you try to get a good steak, if you don't get a good one, you don't want another. If you have quality I think the public will demand better, more cattle and more steak.
The CHAIRMAN. What would be your suggestion as to how to force this?
Mr. HOLMES. I don't know, Senator.
Mr. HOLMES. We should have an educational program to educate these farmers and show them where they are losing money by producing cull cattle.
The CHAIRMAN. I thought we had a pretty good educational scheme in the South with the Extension Service, where they increased cattle production to unprecedented proportions.
Mr. HOLMES. That is true. We have stressed production and not stressed the market end. I think the marketing of this thing ought to play a very important part.
I want to use this illustration. I will give an incident in my town. I talked to a man the other day who bought a quarter of a steer, paid 50 cents. The man that he bought that quarter from sold the quarter to a retail merchant. He sold that steer for 90 cents a pound. Senator, we are retarding consumption of good beef by charging extortionate prices. I don't think the consumer is getting the housewife's part of the dollar. Somebody else is getting the profit. That is the way I feel about it.
The CHAIRMAN. I think you are entirely right, sir. And that has been one of the chief complaints, as I indicated when we opened these hearings today, that the housewife wouldn't mind so much, the farmer wouldn't mind so much a lower price provided he could pass it on to the consumer, which would mean more consumption.
Mr. HOLMES. That is right.
The CHAIRMAN. And maybe a decrease in the cattle population and thereby in the course of time you would have an increase in price.
Mr. HOLMES. I have heard numbers of people saying at the market price of beef it is out of their class, so they substitute a chicken. I am not saying they shouldn't buy chickens, but we want them to have a good steak once in a while.
The CHAIRMAN. How about turkeys?
Mr. HOLMES. It is all right. Turkey is about the cheapest meat you can eat.
The CHAIRMAN. Once a week and beef about six.
Mr. HOLMES. That is right, sir. I want to say a word about peaches, too, being a peach grower. I think we ought to impress on these growers quality rather than quantity. We might just as well face facts. We are set up to irrigate these crops more than we have ever been before. In my country the peach growers are in a position to irrigate 75 percent of the peaches they had this year if they hadn't lost them. I believe we ought to emphasize quality and then produce size and put it up properly.
The CHAIRMAN. Can you do that on the same tree by selected picking of the fruit?
Mr. HOLMES. Yes, by thinning peaches properly. It is a question of good land, properly fertilized and properly watered.
The CHAIRMAN. Isn't that something more that could be handled on a local basis than for us to enforce it? As you say, couldn't you do it through education ?
Mr. HOLMES. We are not in position maybe to put on an educational program. I believe the Federal Government is in a position to do that, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. The Federal Government is almost broke, you know, with a $280 billion debt.
Mr. HOLMES. You know who the Federal Government is. It is the farmers and everybody else that pays taxes.
Senator JOHNSTON. I grow peaches, too. Isn't it true in the peaches grading you get a better price for the better grades?
Mr. HOLMES. That is right, size and quality.
Mr. HOLMES. That is right. Talking about peaches, we have hydro coolers. We are forced to hydro cool practically, all peaches by mechanical refrigeration or ice. We should always pick a riper peach with more flavor and then the housewife I think will consume more. I believe they would. I believe we ought to educate the farmers to pick riper peaches, more mature peaches with more quality.
The CHAIRMAN. With advanced refrigeration you could do that. It means more education.
Mr. HOLMES. Yes.
Now we have reached the hour of 12:07 and we have a little luncheon engagement that will last an hour. I understand Mr. Day, whom I don't find on the list here, desires to file a statement. Is Mr. Day present?
All right. We will recess until 1:10.
(Whereupon, at 12:10 p. m. the committee was recessed, to reconvene at 1:10 p. m. the same day.)
The CHAIRMAN. Come to order, please.
Mr. Lipscomb, please. Will you give your name in full, and your occupation.
STATEMENT OF JACK M. LIPSCOMB, GAFFNEY, S. C.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. Jack M. Lipscomb.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. Farmer. I would like to say a few words about the percentage basis for my acres. I have 500 acres and I have 11 acres of cotton.
The CHAIRMAN. You have 500 acres in cultivation?
Mr. LIPSCOMB. That is what I was supposed to have. That is all the land I own, 500 acres, pasture, and other crops.
The CHAIRMAN. Timber, too!
The CHAIRMAN. What is the most cotton you ever planted on that 300 ?
Mr. LIPSCOMB. I had a hundred acres.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. I went to the peach business. Cotton was so cheap I went into the peach business and in 1946 that was the last crop we made of peaches. Cold weather got us every year since. My son had 200 acres, wife and 4 children, and they give him five-tenths of an
The CHAIRMAN. The reason is you thought peaches would be more beneficial, so you got out of cotton? You couldn't make it on peaches and you want to go back on cotton ?
Mr. LIPSCOMB. Enough to live on and pay taxes.
The CHAIRMAN. A lot of people didn't go in to peaches and it might be a good thing they didn't.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. If they give me in proportion to what they gave my neighbor, I would be satisfied.
The CHAIRMAN. Your neighbor stuck to cotton?
Mr. LIPSCOMB. I judge he did. He said he had 165 acres of land and got 40 acres of cotton.
The CHAIRMAN. You might have 45 or more if you stuck to cotton. You went into peaches and now you want to go back to cotton. If anybody loses to give you something it will be those who stayed in the business. That is why we put that on a historical basis.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. If that is so, how am I going to pay my taxes? The CHAIRMAN. You might have to plant more peaches. Mr. LIPSCOMB. The frost gets them. The CHAIRMAN. You took that chance. Mr. LIPSCOMB. I understand. The CHAIRMAN. It is difficult to penalize one who stayed with it to give it to you.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. Cotton was so cheap then we couldn't pay expenses. I did make some money out of peaches for a few years.
The CHAIRMAN. You were lucky.
Senator JOHNSTON. I know your condition. I did the same thing. I went into peaches instead of growing cotton and I can't get into cotton. That is the law.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. What gets me is they got nerve enough to say a man can plant five-tenths of an acre on 200 acres.
I would like to know about that. He can't even plant a half acre. But they got nerve enough to—it is a good thing they didn't look him in the face to give it to him. A man who is any man would knock him down.
The CHAIRMAN. I wish we could find someway to do it but we would have to take it away from people who stuck by cotton and who lost while you were making money on your peaches.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. I asked this man at the courthouse why is it that we were losing and he said when we went down here he would send to California. Why do we send our cotton to California? Why don't we keep it here? I asked him who does that and he said Washington. If it was done you boys done it.
The CHAIRMAN. No. Now that you have raised the question I will tell
you how it was done. You see, during the war the Government asked that everybody plant cotton and plant wheat and plant many things. They didn't ask them to plant peaches but asked them to plant these crops. What happened was that these States in the West planted cotton, went into the business. They continued to plant cotton and formed a basis for future allotments. That is what happened. You would have your allotment, everybody in South Carolina would have their allotment if only they had stuck to cotton.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. What are we going to do? Several million bales of surplus.
The CHAIRMAN. That is not the point. I am telling you why you lost your cotton.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. Tell me what I am going to live from. If you can do that, I would like to know.
The CHAIRMAN. You might have some oil under your ground. I wouldn't know, sir, but it may be possible that we can devise someway by which new growers will get some acreage, but certainly not in proportion to the amount of land they have because if we did that we would have to take it from those who have worked on cotton, planted it and maybe lost quite a bit in sticking to the production of cotton. That is the problem.
Mr. LIPSCOMB. If he had been losing on it he would have been ready to quit and let some other man have some of it.
The CHAIRMAN. Anything else?
STATEMENT OF HOUSTON MANNING, LATTA, S. C.
The CHAIRMAN. I notice you have a prepared statement. We will put that into the record.
Mr. MANNING. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I am 62 years old, and have been farming all my life. I am only familiar with the problems facing tobacco and cotton farmers. I would not attempt to