COMMODITIES: The Court of Ceres

The nerve center of U.S. agricultural economics is the vast, modern Chicago Board of Trade Building. Its massive 41 floors loom as large as agriculture does in the U.S. economy. Ceres, goddess of grain, stands pre-eminent at the very top of the building. In the grain pits below, more grain is bought & sold than anywhere else in the world, sometimes months before it is even grown. Last week a TIME correspondent paid a visit to Ceres' slightly mad court.

"When the elevator door opens, you think you have arrived at a sports arena while...

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