FOOD: Greatest in History

Bread had become an under-the-counter scarcity, beer an over-the-bar rarity. The wheat ships were still not full enough nor fast enough to assuage the world's hunger pains. But the U.S. citizen gleaned an inkling at least of the largest mass movement of grain ever.

Bonus payments, ended in May, had lured 2,179,089 tons of wheat and 837,403 tons of corn from U.S. farms to U.S. elevators. The total—3,016,492 tons—represented more than half the U.S. grain commitments for the entire "emergency" period (Jan. 1-June 30). Said Agriculture Secretary Anderson:

"The whole country can well be proud of the great job our farmers...

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