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Ten Percent Gain
In Cotton Acres
North Carolina farmers had 10
per cent more cotton in cultivation
on July 1st. 1940, than thay did a
year ago, according to the report re
leased today by Crop Reporting
Board of the Department of Agri
culture. The 1940 acreage was esti
mated at 829,000 and, with the ex
ception of last year, is the lowest
acreage for North Carolina since
1878. The acreage planted this year,
however, is 30 per cent less than the
ten-year average (1929-38) crop.
North Carolina shows the third larg
est increase among the cotton states
for this year, being exceeded only
by Arizona and New Mexico.
The heavy reduction in the tobac
co acreage was primarily responsi
ble for the increase in the acreage
devoted to cotton. In some of the ma
jor eastern tobacco counties, cotton
plantings increased as much as 40
per cent over those of last year. The
acreage in non-tobacco producing
counties remained about the same
as that of 1939.
With leas than average rainfall
during June and with extensive mop
ping for weevil control, weevil dam
age as reported on July 1st was con
siderably less than it was at this
time last year.
For the entire nation, the acreage
of cotton in cultivation on July 1st
was estimated to be 2 per cent great-'
er than a year ago, but 28 per cent
less than the ten-year average plant
ings The acreage this year is plac
id at 25,077,000 as compared with
24,683,000 last year and a ten-year
average crop (1929-38) of 34,929,000
acres. The major cotton states show
ed little change from last year's
Boost Production Of
Workstock In State
Despite the renewed interest in
workstock production on North Car
olina farms, farmers of this State
still have to import 20,000 horses
and mules each year to meet re
placement needs, says Fred It. Haig,
professor of animal husbandry at
N. C. State College.
Until recently, practically all
workstock was shipped into the
State, running up an annual bill of
approximately $3,500,000. However,
in the past few years, farmers have
spurred a movement to raise their
own horses and mules.
This year, as a result of the move
ment, 3,000 horse colts and 1,000
mule colts were born in North Car
olina farms during the spring. Still,
Prof. Haig said, this number, al
though encouraging, is far below
actual replacement needs.
At the present time, the workstock
population numbers 70.000 horses
and 310,000 mules. Since 15 years is
the average life of these animals, it
is necessary to replace about 5,000
horses and 20,000 mules each year.
Raising a few colts on the farm
requires practically no outlay of cash
since the small additional amount of
feed required can be raised with lit
tle trouble or expense. Then, too, the
breeding can be timed so that the
mare wiH lose but little time from
regular farm duties.
"The farmer who does raise a few
colts will not have to spend from
$300 to $600 in cash for a new team
when his work animals become too
old," the State College man said. "To
the average farmer, this represents
a considerable sum of money."
WELCOME TO WILLIAMSTON
Goldman Package Co.
We extend our ttinrere eongrutulutionM und
welcome to thin new Williamston firm.
LOCAL WPA LIBRARY PROJECT
Numbered among the most
successful undertakings of its
kind in the county, the local
high school Works Progress Ad
ministration library project
served a (reat need during the
last term of the school. Hun
dreds of volumes were added to
the library under the supervi
sion of the WPA librarian, mak
in* the unit one of the largest of
its kind in this immediate sec
Take Big Fugle
Last week Bill Warren, Tommy
Tisdale and Harry Roberson were
fishing m Bull's Bay near Creswell.
On their way in, they saw a large
bird perched on a stump near the
landing Although they were only a
few feet away from the bird it fail
ed to fly or attempt to get away.
Tommy, who evidently is not
afraid of anything, took Harry's
$4.75 raincoat and threw it over the
bird and raptured it without a strug
gle. However, the claws of the Os
prey Eagle pierced Harry's coat in
at least seve nor eight places.
The Eagle is now cooped up in
Bill Warren's chicken yard but he
expects to remove the bird to his
father's farm this week.
The bird, although too young to
fly, has a wing Spread of approxi
mately 5 feet
Britain has. moved less than one
million pounds of the 175 million
pounds of flue-cured tobacco bought
Tor her and held under the purchase
F. S. A. MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR
SMALL FARMERS TO CHIP IN AND
BUY MACHINERY NEEDED ON FARM
Going to a corn patch on their
farm near Robersonvillr Tues
day morning, Mrs. Alvtn Roe
buck encountered a bear which
had been eating and destroying
the crop for several days. Mr.
Roebuck could not understand
what was eating his oorn for he
could see no hog tracks. The
corn-eating bear would gather
several ears and thru go into
the woods for a short distance
and have a feast.
If any corn Is harvested for
the next few days for table use.
Mr. Roebuck will probably have
to do It.
Mrs Pattie Sprulll IS visiting in
Plymouth for a weck ?
Charges 3 Per Cent Intr
est on Equipment and
Machine-age agriculture is creat-1
ing neto demands on the small farm- j
ers of tfce nation
Use "of' machinery on the farm is
increasing as farmers battle to main
tain their profit margins bv lowering
Small farmers needing big ma
chinery can chip in and buy it
through the Community and Co-ope
rative Service Program of the Farm
Security Administration, according to
J. B. Slack. Chief of the Rural Re
habilitation program in Region IV,
which Includes the states of North
Carolina. Virginia, West Virginia.
Kentucky and Tennessee
Under this plan small farmers are
rnjoying the benefits of modern farm
machinery and equipment that they
could not afford alone Much needed
services or equipment can be financed
by the PSA Community and Oo-ope
rattve Srvlce Program when two or
more farmers agree to use the same
service or property.
Loans can be made for a Communi
ty Service owned and operated by one
farmer, "the Master Borrower," for
the benefit of a group; operated
jointly by several members of the
group as a whole These loams are
made to low-Income farmers who
cannot get adequate credit from any
other source and are repaid within
one to five years. Three per cent In
terest Is charged on equipment and
service loans Five per cent interest Ls ?
charged on loans used for the pur-1
chase of supplies and materials con- !
lined during the year
Mr Slack pom ted out that more
than 4.100 farmer groups In the
South already liad borrowed over $2.
200.000 from the Farm Security Ad-j
ministration to finance these services 1
There aie 109 9?9 farm families par
ticipating In theaa group loanj
Be urgad anyone interested in thee
loans get in Couch with tlx local PSA
County Supervisor or the County
Agent at enee.
Purchases by the farm group in
cluded 403 tractors. 234 movers. 333
combines. 232 hay balers. 186 rakes.
99 harvesters. 113 binders. ISO har
rows. 41 threshing machines. SS en
silage cutters. SI peanut pickers. 16
cultivators. IS planters. 9 terracing
mac I Unrs. 19 lime-grinding plants. 12
lime spreaders. 103 syrup mills. 37
feed mills. 30 hammer mills. 24 dust
ing machines. S sawmills and three
Through these Community 8ervlce
+oans m the Southern States 383
lacks. S82 bulls 148 stallions, 61 boars
and S rams were bought and are at
service for the improvement of local
Other important group services
made possible through these loans
include H4 medical associations. 4
marketing services. 25 orchard-care
Iii Krrrtiiiii A llranrli
III Williniiisloii. Hm
Goldman Package Co.
!?? aiding in our growth ami progress
?We welcome this new firm anil
It was our pleasure and pri\ilcgc to furnish a
large portion of the building supplies used in
the eonslriirtiou of this new faetor\.
WILLIAMS ION, C.
TO THE =?"
GOLDMAN PACKAGE CO.
On the Erection of Their New Plant in Williamston, N. C.
Which Will Open Mon., July 15
We deem it a pleasure and a privilege to welcome
the Goldman Package Manufacturing Company to Wil
liamston. May we join the other merchants and busi
ness firms in extending to this firm sincere greetings
We trust your business venture in Williainston and
eastern (Carolina will he profitable a 11 d progressive.
May we eooperate with each other and with a mutual
understanding, the (ioldman Package Manufacturing
(lonipany and tlie town will grow.
FOWDEN & SIMPSON
WOOLARD Furniture Co.
WHLARD'S SHOE SHOP
EDGE WOOD DAIRY
CHAS. H. JENKINS & Co.
WILLIAMSTON MOTOR CO.
ECONOMY AUTO SUPPLY
J. E. POPE
DIXIE MOTORS, Inc
K. B. CRAWFORD
B. S. COURTNEY
CENTRAL SERVICE STATION