FARMERS: Golden Spuds

The lowly potato was costing the U.S. taxpayer more & more. Last week Agriculture Secretary Charles F. Brannan reported that the Government's wartime potato price-support program, kept alive by the 80th Congress, already had cost $200 million for the 1948 crop and would cost more before the year's output is disposed of. What's more, the Government's mass buying of 1948 potatoes (now at a husky $2.90 to $3.50 per bushel) was keeping prices up in the grocery store, so taxpayers were getting socked twice for every potato they bought.

Assured of high prices, potato farmers...

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