From every state but one (Rhode Island), suntanned youngsters poured into Kansas City last week—some 7,000 of them. After they had filled hotels to the bulging point, they overflowed onto army cots hastily set up in the municipal auditorium. But bunking on cots was no hardship. These kids were accustomed to a rough life. They were the Future Farmers of America, in town for their 20th annual convention.

Well-behaved and businesslike—some already have incomes running into five figures—they had little time for sightseeing or the movies. Many made a beeline for the...

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