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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1958
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND STATED
JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi, Chairman
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
CHARLES W. VURSELL, Illinois
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman GERNON MAHON, Texas
JOHN TABER, New York ARRO R. SHEPARD, California
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
WALT HORAN, Washington JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi
GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama
IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas J. VAUGHAN GARÉ, Virginia
FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York JOHN E. FOGARTY, Phode Island
CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio ROBERT L. F. SÄKES, Florida
EARL WILSON, Indiana PRINCE H. PRESYON, Georgia
BENJAMIN F. JAMES, Pennsylvania OTTO E. PAŠMAN, Louisiana
GERALD R. FORD, JR., Michigan DOUIS C. RADAUT, Michigan
EDWARD T. MILLER, Maryland SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois
CHARLES W. VURSELL, Illinois FRED MARSHALL, Minnesota
HAROLD C. OSTERTAG, New York JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina
FRANK T. BOW, Ohio ALFRED D. SIEMINSKI, New Jersey HAMER H. BUDGE, Idaho JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee
CHARLES RAPER JONAS, North Carolina HENDERSON LANHAM, Georgia
MELVIN R. LAIRD, Wisconsin
KENNETH SPRANKLE, Clerk and Staff Director
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1957. STATEMENT OF THE SECRETARY
WITNESSES HON. EZRA TAFT BENSON, SECRETARY EARL L. BUTZ, ASSISTANT SECRETARY ERVIN L. PETERSON, ASSISTANT SECRETARY MARVIN L. McLAIN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY KENNETH L. SCOTT, DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURAL CREDIT SERVICES RALPA S. ROBERTS. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY R. L. FARRINGTON, GENERAL COUNSEL DON PAARLBERG, ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY JOSEPH C. WHEELER, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Mr. WHITTEN. The committee will come to order.
We are pleased to have with us today the Secretary of Agriculture. We are glad to have you, Mr. Benson, as well as your associates.
Secretary BENSON. Thank you,, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to be here with my associates. I would like to express appreciation for the fine cooperation we have had from this committee as it has been reported to me from many members of our staff who have been here before you at the hearings.
Mr. WHITTEN. Thank you. We have had very good cooperation from them and we are appreciative of that.
The reason, I might say, Mr. Secretary, for having your appearance so late in our hearings is because we wanted to have your opinions on several new programs. There have been various new programs such as the soil bank and the Great Plains program started in the past year and we thought that at this time you would be in a little better shape to know what the situation is and also might be more helpful to the committee. So that is the reason we delayed your appearance until this late point in the proceedings.
Secretary BENSON. Thank you. Shall I proceed with my prepared statement ? Mr. WHITTEN. We will be glad to have you do so.
Secretary BENSON. And then we will try to answer later any questions you may have. Mr. WHITTEN. Thank you. Will you proceed?
GENERAL STATEMENT Secretary BENSON. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, in response to your invitation, I am pleased to again discuss with you the progress of agriculture.