J.A. Hudson and William Hirth to Woodrow Wilson




J.A. Hudson and William Hirth writes to Woodrow Wilson about the price of raising livestock due to corn prices.


Hoover-Wilson Correspondence, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford, California


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum






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The President

During the recent weeks the Missouri Farmers Association appealed to the United States Food Administration for relief from ruinous prices on live stock. In conve-rsation recently with a prominent member of the Missouri delegation in Congress Mr. Hoover expressed the view that the true remedy was to reduce the price of corn and other feeds rather than to increase the price of pork, beef and mutton, and from the tremendous drop in corn prices during the last few days it would seem that some powerful influence is being exerted to this end. During our recent visit to Washington we protested that such a procedure would merely seek to rectify one wrong by committing a still greater wrong sagainst thousands of farmers who through lack of farm gelp and cars in which to ship still have much of last years crop in hand. Aggain such a remedy will not help cattle feeders, the most of whom purchased their corn months ago unless somethinfgois done to protect corn prices immediately the situation is certain to greatly reduce the corn acreage which is about to be planted and we therefore trust you will take a hand in matters without a moment’s delay. In view of the large extent to which corn must be substituted for wheat the raising of a maximum corn crop this year is imperative and the only way in which this can be assured is to see that farmers receive not less than a dollar and fifty cents per bushel for all the good corn left from last year. Unless steps to this end are taken immediately the corn producer is destined for the same fate which has already overtaken the hog and cattle feeder. Surely as food is as important as it is said to be the hour is at hand when we must have a more sympathetic cooperation from the government than we have thus far received. The situation could hardly be more critical and we trust you will look into matters immediately.

JA Hudson,
Chairman, Executive Board,
Missouri Farmers’ Association.

William Hirth, Publishedr, The Missouri

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Hudson, J. A., and William Hirth, “J.A. Hudson and William Hirth to Woodrow Wilson,” 1918 March 20, WWP19370, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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