AGRICULTURE: The Democratic Feed Bag

Harry Hopkins' report to the President on Churchill's immediate wants can be summed up in two words: food and ships. His call for ships was no surprise. The call for food was not entirely surprising either. It had got semi-official recognition in February, at the annual National Farm Institute meeting in Des Moines. There Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard had warned that "the English may want some of our food and want it pretty soon." Fortnight ago, food-for-Britain got its first official recognition when the President sent his Lend-Lease appropriation request to Congress: of the $7,000,000,000 first installment,...

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