COTTON: Dropping the Dole

The nation's two million cotton growers were shocked. To a House subcommittee for postwar agriculture. Claude E. Wickard, the mild Secretary of Agriculture, recommended that the Government with draw its cash support of cotton prices. In place of this political handout, Secretary Wickard proposed a nonpolitical plan to end the lopsided one-crop economy of the South. His proposal: let the Government pay growers a direct subsidy in stead of the present indirect subsidy of the parity system (TIME, Oct. 9), which gives growers "loans" of 20¢ a lb., at the present parity price.

The subsidy would be based on the extent...

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