AGRICULTURE: The Heavy Overhang

Not for two decades had there been so much furor about the economic situation of U.S. farmers. There were recurring rumors that Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson might be forced out of the Cabinet; there were shouts for a return to the old, rigid, farm-price supports at 90% of parity. Some pundits even began to write about general "poverty" on U.S. farms.

In the midst of it all, Secretary Benson last week flew into the plains country, stopped to speak at a Farmers' Day program in Moorhead, Minn. (pop. 14,870), and then...

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