FARMERS: Rustle in the Grass Roots

Charlie Brannan was piqued. The American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's largest and most potent farm group, had not even invited him to be a speaker at its 31st annual convention. Furthermore, the Secretary of Agriculture was pretty sure that the federation was preparing to crunch his controversial farm-support plan like so much Shredded Wheat and douse it with sour milk.

Charlie sat down and wrote a letter to big-fisted, fast-talking Allan B. Kline, wealthy Iowa hog breeder who had expected to become Tom Dewey's Secretary of Agriculture and whose position as Farm Bureau president made him leader of more than...

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