FARMERS: Not Bundles But Food

Last week Secretary Claude Wickard gave farmers and their Congressmen a straw to chew. Said he: Britain needs $1,000,000,000 worth of U.S. foodstuffs before February, or—she may lose the war.

Secretary Wickard was urging passage of the new $5,985,000,000 Lend-Lease appropriation in a hurry. So far the total Lend-Lease expenditures for farm products actually turned over to Britain comes to some $200,000,000. Britons, said Wickard, now get only about three eggs per person a month, four ounces of cured pork a week, eight ounces of butter or butter substitutes, half as much animal-protein food as they need. Even with the...

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