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Mr. Matthews. You were able to come up with, of course, a very broad estimate. I think you said some 8 million to 15 million pounds of burley that might be affected. Do you have any idea as to whether or not there would be 7 million pounds of flue-cured tobacco affected now, or would you hazard a guess as to whether there is hardly any of that particular type where they harvest 2 crops?
Mr. Williams. I would say in flue-cured it has been isolated up to this point. There may be some isolated cases where they have gone a little into it. I can visualize if it becomes a 20 million crop in burley that it won't take long. It will spread.
Mr. ABBITT. Your idea now is there is no problem at all, not being done in any consequence whatever in the flue-cured tobacco?
Mr. Williams. No; there would be some cases, of course.
Mr. ABBITT. Is there anything else you would like to say about this particular legislation?
Mr. WILLIAMS. No, sir; that is all.
Mr. ABBITT. Any of your people who are here with you, would they like to say anything?
So far we have had 1 witness and the other 10 of us have testified along with him.
Mr. Watts. We anticipate the Department can give us a formal report. Mr. Williams. We will send up the report.
Mr. Ellis. If the committee will make a formal request, then we will have something to go on.
Mr. CHELF. Get going.
On behalf of the subcommittee, we will request you to get us a report as soon as you possibly can. Mrs. Downey will attend to the request from the chairman of the full committee, who has always cooperated with us. The reason I was asking about the flue-cured, I know our chairman is extremely interested in all tobacco, particularly flue-cured, and I was trying to get that information on that situation so he would understand the situation.
If you will get that for us as soon as possible we will appreciate it. I am sure the chairman of the full committee will get a letter over there, too.
Mr. Williams. I might say this, I know you are interested in this: We have up through this week sold about two-thirds of the discount variety that we set up. We have got about 1,000,000 pounds left and, if we can sell the other third for what we have sold the two-thirds, we are going to be able to pay those individual growers down in your district there about 8 or 15 cents a pound dividends.
Mr. MATTHEWS. I want to express again my appreciation for what you have been doing, Mr. Williams, to help those men. And since you brought that up, I was going to ask you in an aside, but as I understand it you have actually begun selling that tobacco and before long you will be able to get rid of all of it?
Mr. Williams. We sold two-thirds. We tried to sell immediately after the closing of the market, but we did not consider that the prices that we had were sufficient. We refused. We have priced it at a price that we know is right to the Government and the farmers down there, and we are hoping it will move out so we can send your farmers these checks as soon as possible.
Mr. MATTHEWs. In that connection, too, as to the tobacco plants, you do not have any information as to whether or not they have been able to get the plants they need at this time or whether there might be some problem attending that?
Mr. WILLIAMS. I don't think you will have that problem this year.
Mr. ABBITT. I might say that I am now informed that the chairman of the full committee, Mr. Cooley, sent a request to the Department yesterday. I know that it is a large organization you have over there, and I thought perhaps you might be able to track it down and get the answer right quick.
Mr. WILLIAMS. Yes.
(The following statement was submitted to the subcommittee:) STATEMENT OF Hon. CARL D. PERKINS, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM
THE SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF KENTUCKY Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, I appear here today in support of H. R. 11061, a bill to amend the Agricultural Adjustment Act relating to tobacco acreage allotments.
This bill makes it unlawful for any grower of tobacco to harvest for marketing from the same acreage of a farm more than one crop of tobacco., The practice, as I understand, is not too prevalent at the present time but will interfere with the present tobacco program unless legislation is enacted by the Congress. I do not know of any individuals in the particular area that I am privileged to represent growing more than one crop on their tobacco allotments.
I do feel that we can all agree that such a practice would interfere with the present tobacco allotments by bringing about increased production which may in the long run affect all tobacco bases. I feel that it is equity for everybody concerned to only harvest one crop from a tobacco allotment.
(Whereupon, at 11:15 a. m., the hearing in the above-entitled matter was adjourned.)
COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
W. R. POAGE, Texas, Vice Chairman
CHARLES B. HOEVEN, Iowa
SID SIMPSON, Illinois
PAGE BELCHER, Oklahoma
CLIFFORD G. MCINTIRE, Maine JAMES G. POLK, Ohio
WILLIAM R. WILLIAMS, New York CLARK W. THOMPSON, Texas
ROBERT D. HARRISON, Nebraska PAUL C. JONES, Missouri
HENRY ALDOUS DIXON, Utah JOHN C. WATTS, Kentucky
WINT SMITH, Kansas HARLAN HAGEN, California
OTTO KRUEGER, North Dakota LESTER R. JOHNSON, Wisconsin
CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California VICTOR L, ANFUSO, New York
DONALD E. TEWES, Wisconsin ROSS BASS, Tennessee
ALBERT H. QUIE, Minnesota
E. L. BARTLETT, Alaska
A. FERNÓS-ISERN, Puerto Rico
JOHN J. HEIMBURGER, Counsel
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSERVATION AND CREDIT
W. R. POAGE, Texas, Chairman GEORGE M. GRANT, Alabama
CLIFFORD G. MCINTIRE, Maine ROSS BASS, Tennessee
ROBERT D. HARRISON, Nebraska JOHN A. BURNS, Hawaii