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From the Desk of: Don Genereaux
Honorable Secretary of Agriculture
My friend, Dan Hansen, over at Honey Creek, Iowa, received a check for $1,000.00 from
the government for not raising hogs. So I want to go into the "NOT RAISING HOGS"
business next year. 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 government policies.
As I see it, the hardest part of the "NOT RAISING HOGS' program is keeping an
accurate inventory of how many hogs I haven't raised. My friend Hansen is very joyful
about the future of the business. He has been raising hogs for twenty years or so, and the
best he has ever made on them was $422.90 in 1968, until this year when he got your check
for the $1000.00 for not raising 50 hogs. If I get $1000.00 for not raising 50 hogs, then
would I get $2000.00 for not raising 100 hogs? I plan to operate on a small scale at
first, holding myself to about 4,000 hogs not raised the first year, which would bring in
about $80,000.00; 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 the government also pays people not to raise corn and wheat. Would I
qualify for payments for not raising these crops not to feed my hogs I will not be
I want to get started as soon as possible as this seems to be a good time of the year
for the "NOT RAISING HOGS" and "NOT PLANTING CROPS" business. Also I
am giving serious consideration to the "NOT MILKING COWS" business and any
information you would have on the endeavor would be greatly appreciated. In view of the
fact that I will be totally unemployed, I will be filing for unemployment and food stamps,
and was wondering how long that process takes.
Be assured, Mr. Secretary, you will have my vote in the upcoming election.
P.S. Would you please notify me when you plan to give out the free cheese again?