To: Honorable Secretary of Agriculture
I have been evacuated from New Orleans because the flood took my old trailer and beat up
car. I thought I might go into business to supplement my welfare check.
My friend over at Wells, Iowa received a check for $1,000 from the Government for not
raising hogs. Right now I'm getting extra help from the government and Red Cross while I'm
displaced but when that stops I want to go into the "not-raising-hogs" business.
What I want to know is, in your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to raise hogs
on, and what is the best breed of hogs not to raise?
I want to be sure that I approach this endeavor in keeping with all governmental policies.
I would prefer not to raise razorbacks, but if that is not a good breed not to raise, then
I will just as gladly not raise Yorkshires or Durocs. As I see it, the hardest part of
this program will be in keeping an accurate inventory of how many hogs I haven't raised.
My friend, Peterson, is very joyful about the future of the business. He has been raising
hogs for twenty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was $422 in 1968, until
this year when he got your check for $1000 for not raising hogs. If I get $1000 for not
raising 50 hogs, will I get $2000 for not raising 100 hogs? I plan to operate on a small
scale at first, holding myself down to about 4000 hogs not raised, which will mean about
$80,000 the first year. Then I can afford an airplane.
Now another thing, these hogs I will not raise will not eat 100,000 bushels of corn. I
understand that you also pay farmers for not raising corn and wheat. Will I qualify for
payments for not raising wheat and corn not to feed the 4000 hogs I am not going to raise?
Also, I am considering the "not milking cows" business, so send me any
information you have on that too. In view of these circumstances, you understand that I
will be totally unemployed and plan to file for unemployment and food stamps.
Be assured you will have my vote in the coming election.