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The meeting of Committee L on Tractor Fuels of Committee D-2 of the American Society for Testing Materials convened at one-fifty o'clock in the Michigan Room of the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Ill., Friday afternoon, January 9, 1948, with Mr. Earl M. Hughes presiding as the Chairman. .—We are glad to see so many here for this first meeting of Technical Committee L. It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. Elmer McCormick, Chief Engineer for the John Deere Co., and Mr. Vogel of the Technical Department of the Standard Oil Co. Mr. Vogel is Secretary of your committee, and together with Mr. McCormick and me has been trying to get the chairman's work done, and I should like to introduce them. My name is Earl Hughes and I am a farmer from Northern Illinois. I am representing the Illinois Agricultural Association in the work of the committee. The Illinois Agricultural Association, through one of its affiliates, is a large user of petroleum products. To that extent, the farmers of Illinois are greatly interested in petroleum problems. We are greatly interested in the tax problem. As consumers of both tractors and petroleum products, we are interested in getting a degree of standardization which will give farmers the chance to get the benefit of any increased efficiency which will lower our costs, and that is our chief aim.