FOOD: Abundance--Perhaps

The 1945 crop year promises to be curious. Last week, while outgoing Secretary of Agriculture Claude Raymond Wickard was releasing one of the most optimistic June crop forecasts in U.S.

history, incoming Secretary Clinton Presba Anderson was touring the West, talking prices with farmers, cautioning them against optimism, and trying to discover: i) why, despite heady crop reports, the U.S. still has a food shortage; 2) what government can do about it.

The June forecast was very good, if not quite so good as it looked: a wheat crop of 1,084,652,000 bu. (the largest ever); crops of oats, hay, some, fruits,...

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