FARMERS: Patton is Willing

Franklin Roosevelt, who likes a good scrap, refereed a David-&-Goliath fight between two farm leaders last week. At stake was a basic issue in the fight to control inflation (see p. 17).

The defending champion was aging (66), opportunistic Edward Asbury O'Neal III, president of the big American Farm Bureau Federation (500,000 higher-income families) and an old-line professional farm leader who believes in inflation for farmers only, 110% of parity, scarcity farming (TIME, July 20).

The challenger was young (39), idealistic, hard-working James G. Patton, president of the up-&-coming but small Farmers Union...

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