In 1933 the government enacted the corn-hog program in an attempt to limit the number of hogs going to market and the grain being sold. One year later, Daviess County farmers received a total of $450,000 for participating in the program and they would receive another $175,000 at a later date.
Some of the program’s features were:
- The participant must participate in both contracts.
- The corn producer who had less than four litters of hogs could sign a corn contract.
- If the farmer was a large hog producer and raised less than 10 acres of corn, he could enter the hog contract and agree not to increase his corn acreage.
- The participant could not increase the number of any kind of livestock, except the designated hogs.
- The farmer could not increase his wheat acreage over 1932 and 1933 and participate in the program. The only way a person could get into the program if the wheat had been increased, was to plow up the wheat.
- The purpose of the corn allotment was to get 20% of the land out of production. The producer would get 30 cents a bushel on the average that the land rented to the government produced. He would receive 15 cents a bushel when the contract was accepted and 15 cents a bushel in November, 1934.
- The rented land could not be used to raise crops or livestock.
- If a farmer entered the corn-hog program, he was eligible for a government corn loan of 45 cents a bushel. In the fall, the corn was to be shelled and delivered to the nearest shipping point.
11/12/35 “Payment on corn 35 cents a bushel in 1936”
— researched and presented by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin, MO