this State. I say, then, that your problem, your point of view, your goal, is different from that of any group that I have addressed recently and that you warm my heart and stimulate my fancy with the idea that here is the ultimate way out for the agricultural industry of North Carolina. Perhaps dairy farming, together with the accompanying projects of livestock farming in general, and live-at-home farming, embracing substantially full production of all the feed and foodstuffs consumed by the farmers and ultimately by the entire population of North Carolina, really offers more hope to the present brow-beaten cotton and tobacco farmers and their tenants than it actually offers to you yourselves.
The farmers of this country are the source of this country's greatness, the foundation of its boasted enterprises, and with their raw material the support of our much wanted public revenue. Yet the farmers of North Carolina, and, in a large measure, of the rest of the Nation, are in the worst economic plight today than I have known in my lifetime. I believe that no one realizes more fully than I the grave import of the issues in the great economic struggle through which this basic industry is passing. This condition touches the life and well-being of every industry, every business, every profession, and every calling in this State. But it seems to me that it applies with the grimmest effect to the cash crop farmers of this State.
The cause of the present distressing and unprofitable price for cotton and tobacco, I shall not develop at length. You are one group of farmers in North Carolina who have learned in a practical way that regular and consistent overproduction of those two crops means starvation prices for the producers. I have never advised North Carolina farmers to give up the growing of cotton and tobacco. At present, I do believe that it would be wise. But I have urged all over North