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Endorsement of House bill 11449 (similar to Senate bill 3511) Congress of the United States : providing for the construction by the federal goverment of the Boulder Canyon Dam and the All-American Canal
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THE NATION'S GARDEN Imperial and Coachella Valleys Convincing evidence of the outstanding importance of Imperial Valley, as one of the Nation's foremost food production regions, is given in the United States census report for 1920. It is there revealed that in 1920 Imperial County exceeded eleven states in the value of its agricultural products. The following table gives the figures: New Hampshire........$23,500,000 Vermont...............47,009,600 Massachusetts.........53,700,000 Rhode Island...........4,240,000 Connecticut...........44,492,385 Delaware .............23,058,000 Wyoming...............30,270,000 New Mexico............40,619,000 Arizona...............42,481,000 Utah..................58,061,000 Nevada................13,980,000 Imperial County.......60,000,000 Among the products raised in large quantities in Imperial County are: dates, grapefruit, strawberries, cotton, alfalfa, cantaloupes, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes and peas. In addition to the field crops produced in Imperial County during 1920, the live stock raised in the Valley that year carried a value of $5,000,000. The soil of Coachella Valley is of unsurpassed fertility, and with the water supply that would be made available through the construction of Boulder Canyon dam and the All-American canal, the irrigated area in that Valley would increase from the present total of about 10,000 acres to 100,000 acres. The food products of these Valleys are of a peculiar value to the whole country, in that they are harvested and shipped to every corner of the United States during those seasons when these products, for the most part, cannot be secured from other sections.

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