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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -October 5, 1933, Washington, D. C. One page, 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Byron B. Harlan, Washington, D.C.
    -With one fold, else fine.

    FDR writes to Congressman Byron B. Harlan of Ohio regarding agricultural management in the New Deal. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Harlan:/ Your letter of September eighteenth, in regard to the proposed establishment of erosion-control nurseries in various sections of the country and reporting the objection of the Nurserymen's National Planning Committee to this activity, has been received./ The plans for the establishment of such nurseries are by no means complete and it is, accordingly, impossible to discuss the matter adequately from the stand-point of the effect on commercial nursery interests. It is believed, however, that as the development of these nurseries proceeds, it will be possible to direct the activities so that little, if any, conflict with commercial agencies will result./ I am advised that consideration is being given to the feasibility of utilizing plants available in commercial nurseries and also for production through commercial agencies of such supplies as will be promptly needed in demonstrations of erosion-control methods. Detailed plans of the relationships that may be developed between the commercial agencies and the Bureau of Plant Industry nurseries have not yet been completed, however, and accordingly direct consultation between representatives of the nursery interests and the proper officials of the Bureau of Plant Industry might prove mutually advantageous./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt". This letter clearly indicates FDR's focus early in his Presidency concerning the New Deal's efforts to mitigate plant diseases and soil erosion, a historic letter addressing a central agricultural issue in the New Deal.


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