AGRICULTURE: The Moon & Six Points

Out of the political mist enshrouding U.S. farm policy, doughty Ezra Benson emerged last week with a plan for shrinking overproduction. His plan would keep flexible price supports but would go beyond them by paying farmers to switch from surplus-making crops to soil-building grass and trees. Apart from its agricultural soundness, which came first with stubborn Ezra Benson, the "soil-bank" proposal looked like a political convincer. It was not a new plan; the New Deal put a similar scheme into effect from 1936 to " 1943. But...

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