COMMODITIES: The Plan for Wheat

One week after he had laid down his plan for cotton farmers (TIME, Dec. 18), the busy Secretary of Agriculture, Claude E. Wickard, popped up in St. Paul. There he straight-armed the wheatgrowers with a plan to avoid the postwar production of surplus wheat.

Bluntly Wickard told the Northwest farmers that 1) the world market for high-priced U.S. wheat would disappear at war's end, 2) he is against Government subsidies for wheat exports. Then Wickard unwrapped his plan. He would guarantee parity prices only for wheat needed for home consumption. Farmers would have to sell any surplus wheat in the...

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