The Federal Horticultural Board's Purchase of a Vacuum Fumigation Tank For the Fumigation of Bale Cotton

A-17265: May 10, 1927

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The Department of Agriculture requests the decision of the Comptroller General in reference to the use of appropriated funds for the recent purchase by the Federal Horticultural Board of a vacuum fumigation tank for the fumigation of bale cotton in El Paso, Texas, for conducting a series of experiments to determine conditions which influence the results in fumigating highly compressed bales of cotton which may contain seed infested with the pink bollworm.

In view of the facts now disclosed and the representations made by Agriculture, I have to advise that the appropriation in question is available for the construction of the proposed temporary shed and that the use of said appropriation for such construction will not be in contravention of the provisions of section 3733, Revised Statutes.