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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

RECEIVED · DEC 11 1926

DOCUMENTS DIV SION,

AGRICULTURAL RELIEF

• MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1926

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10.30 o'clock a. m., in room 326, Senate Office Building, Senator George W. Norris presiding.

Present: Senators Norris (chairman), McNary, Capper, Keyes, Gooding, Smith, Ransdell, Heflin, and Ferris.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. Gentlemen, I called this meeting for the purpose of hearing the representatives of the so-called Des Moines conference on the general farm relief situation. We have for consideration this morning H. R. 7893; S. 3446, introduced by Senator Brookhart; S. 3509, introduced by Senator Robinson; S. 2918, introduced by Senator Curtis; S. 2917, introduced by Senator Norbeck; $. 2541, introduced by Senator Frazier; S. 2289, introduced by Senator McKinley; and S. 973, introduced by Senator Shipstead. There has been introduced in the House, but not in the Senate, another bill prepared by the committee from the Des Moines conference. This committee decided that for the time at least it preferred that it be not introduced in the Senate but be used on the hearings, and probably proposed as an amendment to the House bill, the first one named in this list. It is to hear those gentlemen that I called this meeting. Mr. Davis, I understand, is here to be heard on the general subject of farm relief.

STATEMENT OF CHESTER C. DAVIS, REPRESENTING GEORGE N. PEEK, CHAIRMAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF 22, OF THE NORTH CENTRAL STATES AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCE

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The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Davis, just tell us first who you are, and who you represent.

Mr. Davis. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I am here representing Mr. George N. Peek, chairman of the executive committee of 22, of the North Central States Agricultural Conference, which was formed at Des Moines; also the several farm organizations, national and interstate and State, which have generally agreed on certain fundamental principles of legislation which they seek to have enacted as a part of the long-time farm policy in the United States. These organizations have been in Washington, through their representatives, for some time. If you will, let me explain the situation over in the House, Senator. When we appeared before the House committee with

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