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$ 905. Loans for electrical and plumbing equipment; persons eligible for loans.—The Administrator is authorized and empowered, from the sums hereinbefore authorized to make loans for the purpose of financing the wiring of the premises of persons in rural areas and the acquisition and installation of electrical and plumbing appliances and equipment. Such loans may be made to any of the borrowers of funds loaned under the provisions of section 904 of this title, or to any person, firm, or corporation supplying or installing the said wiring, appliances, or equipment. Such loans shall be for such terms, subject to such conditions, and so secured as reasonably to assure repayment thereof, and shall be at a rate of interest of 2 per centum per annum; interest rates on the unmatured and unpaid balance of any loans made pursuant and unpaid balance of any loans made pursuant to this section prior to September 21, 1944, shall be adjusted to 2 per centum per annum. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 5, 49 Stat. 1365; Sept. 21, 1944, ch. 412, title V, § 502 (b), 58 Stat. 739.)

AMENDMENT 1944–Act Sept. 21, 1944, cited to text, amended section by striking out "at a rate of interest ** such obligations were issued.", and inserted in lieu thereof "at a rate of interest 2 per centum per annum."

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CODIFICATION This section was amended by the Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944, Act Sept. 21, 1944, cited to text.

§ 906. Appropriations authorized. For the purpose of administering this chapter and for the purpose of making the studies, investigations, publications, and reports herein provided for, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as shall be necessary. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 6, 49 Stat. 1365.)

§ 907. Acquisition of property pledged for loans; disposition; sale of pledged property by borrower.—The Administrator is authorized and empowered to bid for and purchase at any foreclosur or other sale, or otherwise, to acquire, property pledged or mortgaged to secure any loans made pursuant to this chapter; to pay the purchase price and any costs and expenses incurred in connection therewith from the sums authoried in section 903 of this title; to accept title to any property so purchased or acquired in the name of the United States of America; to operate or lease such property for such period as may be deemed necessary or advisable to protect the investment therein, but not to exceed five years after the acquisition thereof; and to sell such property so purchased or acquired, upon such terms and for such consideration as the Administrator shall determine to be reasonable.

No borrower of funds under section 904 of this title shall, without the approval of the Administrator, sell or dispose of its property, rights, or franchises, acquired under the provisions of this chapter, until any loan obtained from the Rural Electrification Administration, including all interest and charges, shall have been repaid. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 7, 49 Stat. 1365.)

§ 908. Transfer of duties, functions and property of Administration created by Executive Order.-The administration of loans and contracts entered into by the Rural Electrification Administration established by Executive Order Numbered 7037, dated May 11 1935, may be vested by the President in the Administrator authorized to be appointed by this chapter; and in such event the provisions of this chapter shall apply to said loans and contracts to the extent that said provisions are not inconsistent therewith. The President may transfer to the Rural Electrification Administration created by this chapter the jurisdiction and control of the records, property (including office equipment), and personnel used or employed in the exercise and performance of the functions of the Rural Electrification Administration established by such Executive order. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 8, 49 Stat. 1366.)

8 909. Administration on nonpolitical basis; dismissal of officers or employees for violating provision.—This chapter shall be administered entirely on a nonpartisan basis, and in the appointment of officials, the selection of employees, and in the promotion of any such officials or employees, no political test or qualification shall be permitted or given consideration, but all such appointments and promotions shall be given and made on the basis of merit and efficiency. If the Administrator herein provided for is found by the President of the United States to be guilty of a violation of this section, he shall be removed from office by the President, and any appointee or selection of officials or employees made by the Administrator who is found guilty of a violation of this chapter shall be removed by the Administration. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 9, 49 Stat. 1366.)

§ 910. Annual report of Administrator.-The Administrator shall present annually to the Congress not later than the 20th day of January in each year a full report of his activities under this chapter. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 10, 49 Stat. 1366.)

§ 911. Acceptance of services of Federal or State officers; application of civil service laws; expenditures for supplies and equipment.-In order to carry out the provisions of this chapter the Administrator may accept and utilize such voluntary and uncompensated services of Federal, State, and local officers and employees as are available, and he may without regard to the provisions of civil-service laws applicable to officers and employees of the United States appoint and fix the compensation of attorneys, engineers, and experts, and he may, subject to the civilservice laws, appoint such other officers and employees as he may find necessary and prescribe their duties. The Administrator is authorized, from sums appropriated pursuant to section 906 of this title, to make such expenditures (including expenditures for personal services; supplies and equipment; lawbooks and books of reference; directories and periodicals; travel expenses; rental at the seat of government and elsewhere; the purchase, operation, or maintenance of passenger-carrying vehicles; and printing and binding) as are appropriate and necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 11, 49 Stat.

§ 912. Extension of time for repayment of loans.—The Administrator is authorized and empowered to extend the time of payment of interest or principal of any loans made by the Administrator pursuant to this chapter: Provided, however, That with respect to any loan made under section 904 of this title, the payment of interest or principal shall not be extended more than five years after such payment shall have become due, and with respect to any loan made under section 905 of this title, the payment of principal or interest shall not be extended more than two years after such payment shall have become due: And provided further, That the provisions of this section shall not apply to 'any obligations or the security therefor which may be held by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation under the provisions of section 903 of this title. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 12, 49 Stat. 1366.)

913. Definitions.-As used in this chapter the term “rural area” shall be deemed to mean any area of the United States not included within the boundaries of any city, village, or borough having a population in excess of fifteen hundred inhabitants, and such term shall be deemed to include both the farm and nonfarm population thereof; the term "farm” shall be deemed to mean a farm as defined in the publications of the Bureau of the Census; the term “person" shall be deemed to mean any natural person, firm, corporation, or association; the term “Territory” shall be deemed to include any insular possession of the United States. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 13, 49 Stat. 1367.)

§ 914. Separability clause. If any provision of this chapter, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby. (May 20, 1936, ch. 432, § 14, 49 Stat. 1367.)

§ 915. Purchase of financial and credit reports.—The rural Electrification Administration is authorized to purchase such financial and credit reports as may be necessary to carry out its authorized work: Provided, That purchases under this authority shall not be made unless provision is made therefor in the applicable appropriation and the cost thereof is not in excess of limitations prescribed therein. (Sept. 21, 1944, ch. 412, title V, § 505, 58 Stat. 740.)

CODIFICATION This section was not enacted as a part of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.

This section was enacted as a part of the Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944, Act Sept. 21, 1944 cited to text.

Chapter 32.-PEANUT STATISTICS 8 951. Collection and publication; facts required; submission of report.—The Secretary of Agriculture is hereby authorized and directed to collect and publish statistics of raw peanuts, shelled, unshelled, and crushed, and peanut oil, in the United States, received, processed, shipped, and owned by or in the possession of warehousemen, brokers, cleaners, shellers, dealers, growers' cooperative associations, crushers, salters, manufacturers of peanut products, and owners other than the original producers of peanuts: Provided, That the Secretary may, in his discretion, omit for any period of time to collect such statistics from any or all salters of peanuts or manufacturers of peanut products who used, during the calendar year preceding that for which statistics are being collected, less than thirty thousand pounds of shelled and unshelled peanuts. Such statistics shall show the quality of peanuts in such details as to kinds—Virginias, Runners, Spanish, and imported varieties—as the Secretary shall deem necessary for the purposes of this chapter. All reports except those required from persons owning or operating peanut picking or threshing machines shall be submitted monthly in each year. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 1, 49 Stat. 1898; May 12, 1938, ch. 199, § 1, 52 Stat. 348.)

$ 952. Same; quantity picked or threshed. The Secretary is hereby authorized and directed to collect and publish statistics of the quantity of peanuts picked or threshed by any person owning or operating peanut picking or threshing machines. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 2, 49 Stat. 1899; May 12, 1938, ch. 199, § 2, 52 Stat. 349.)

§ 953. Reports; necessity; by whom made; penalties.—It shall be the duty of every warehouseman, broker, cleaner, sheller, dealer, growers' cooperative association, crusher, salter, manufacturer of peanut products, and owner or operator of peanut picking or threshing machines to furnish promptly upon request of the Secretary, within the time prescribed by him, completely and correctly to the best of his knowledge, a report of the quantity of peanuts and peanut oil received, processed, shipped, and owned by or on hand and in the case of an operator of peanut picking and threshing machines the quantity picked or threshed, segregating in accordance with forms furnished for the purpose by the Secretary. Any person required by this chapter, or the regulations promulgated thereunder, to furnish reports or information, and any officer, agent, or employee thereof who shall refuse or willfully give answers that are false and misleading, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or to be subject to both such fine and imprisonment. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 3, 49 Stat. 1899; May 12, 1938, ch. 199, § 3, 52 Stat. 349.)

8 954. Grades and standards for classification. The Secretary is hereby authorized to establish and promulgate grades and standards for the classification of peanuts, whenever in his discretion he may see fit. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 4, 49 Stat. 1899.)

$ 955. Limitation on use of statistical information. The information furnished under the provisions of this chapter shall be used only for the statistical purposes for which it is supplied. No publication shall be made by the Secretary whereby the data furnished by any person can be identified, nor shall the Secretary permit anyone other than the sworn employees of the Department of Agriculture to examine the individual reports. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 5, 49 Stat. 1899.)

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§ 956. Rules and regulations; cooperation with departments; etc.; officers and employees; expenses of administration; appropriation. The Secretary may make rules and regulations as may be necessary in the administration of this chapter and may cooperate with any department or agency of the Government, any State, Territory, District, or possession, or department, agency, or political subdivision thereof, or any person; and shall have the power to appoint, remove, and fix the compensation of such officers and employees not in conflict with existing law, and make such expenditures for rent outside the District of Columbia, printing, binding, telegrams, telephones, law books, books of reference, publications, furniture, stationery, office equipment, travel, and other supplies and expenses, including reporting services, as shall be necessary to the administration of this chapter in the District of Columba and elsewhere, and as may be appropriated for by Congress; and there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as may be necessary for such purpose. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, § 6, 49 Stat. 1899.)

§ 957. Definitions.-When used in this chapter

(1) The term “person" includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, and associations ;

(2) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture. (June 24, 1936, ch. 745, $ 7,49 Stat. 1899.)

Chapter 33.-FARM TENANCY

SUBCHAPTER 1-FARM TENANT PROVISIONS § 1000. Short title. This chapter may be cited as "The Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act." (July 22, 1937, ch. 517, 50 Stat. 522.)

$ 1001. Farm acquirement loans; power of Secretary of Agriculture; persons eligible.-(a) The Secretary of Agriculture (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretary”) is authorized to make loans in the United States and in the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii and in Puerto Rico to persons eligible to receive the benefits of sections 1001-1006 of this title to enable such persons to ch. 517, title II, § 22, 50 Stat. 525.)

(b) Only farm tenants, farm laborers, sharecroppers, and other individuals who obtain, or who recently obtained, the major portion of their income from farming operations shall be eligible to receive the benefits of sections 1001-1006 of this title. In making available the benefits of sections 1001-1006 of this title, the Secretary shall give preference to persons who are married, or who have dependent families, or, wherever practicable, to persons who are able to make an initial down payment, or who are owners of livestock and farm implements necessary successfully to carry on farming operations. No person shall be eligible who is not a citizen of the United States.

(c) No loan shall be made for the acquisition of any farm unless it is of such size as the Secretary determines to be sufficient

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