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Growing Food for Troops, 1943

From The Chatsworth Times
February 25, 1943

Murray Farmers to Grow
Food for Fighters
by J. C. Sheppard, County Agent

The farmers and 4-H club members in Murray county are planning to grow the food required to feed the men in the armed forces from Murray County. Every farmer and club member will be asked to grow something to help feed our fighters.

On February 25 there were 525 men, both volunteers and selectees, from Murray county in the armed forces. If food is produced and marketed for these men the amount required will be 158 cows weighing 1,000 pounds each, 252 hogs weighing 200 pounds each, 1,200 two pound fryers, 18,375 dozen eggs, 2,263 bushels of Irish potatoes, and 218 bushels of sweet potatoes.

One man in the armed forces averages eating 150 pounds of beef, 80 pounds of pork, 45 pounds of poultry, 35 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of Irish potatoes, and 25 pounds of sweet potatoes.

If induction is continued at the present rate, there will be about 700 men in the service from this county by fall.

The plan is for each farmer or club member to grow out one or more animals, or other food units and dedicate it to a soldier from Murray county, then to write the soldier telling him what he is doing. A sale day is being planned this fall at which time all animals and produce are to be brought in and sold.

The soldiers in question might never get any of the produce, but we believe it will help the moral of our fighting men to know that the people back home are trying to do something to insure him of plenty of food. We are certain that any extra food produced will help much in the war effort.

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