with vigor organize our forces to go forward in this critical situation.
I, therefore, hope and urge that all sections and interests will be well represented at the proposed mass meeting.* The soundest thought in the State ought to be there, for this conference will have on its hands the biggest economic problem in North Carolina today.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1930
I have authorized and directed the State Prison authorities to get in touch with the drought-stricken section of the State where the corn crop had been practically destroyed, with a view of working out plans by which the State Prison will arrange to furnish seed corn of pure bred variety--500 to 1,000 bushels--to the farmers of this drought-stricken area.
The counties in the extreme northwestern section of the State have suffered so disastrously from the drought that it is doubtful if sufficient good seed corn will be available for planting purposes. The counties most seriously affected are Wilkes, Watauga, Mitchell, Ashe, Alleghany, and Avery. There are a number of other mountain counties in the Asheville area which have also been seriously affected. My idea is to have the farm agents of these counties ascertain the needs of the farmers and make shipment direct to the county agent who will deliver the corn to the farmers at the courthouse; the corn will be offered to the farmers at a reasonable price and in line with the prevailing price.____________________