AGRICULTURE: Word from the Farm

In the halls of Chicago's Sherman Hotel, the 5,000 well-brushed, neatly tailored conventioneers looked as if they might have turned out for the annual convention of Kiwanis International. They were members of the solidest and biggest (1,623,222 families) farm organization in the U.S., the American Farm Bureau Federation. As expected, they talked mostly about one subject: the price problem back home. But what they said was quite different from what many politicians have been saying for them.

"My income is down 25% or 30% from last year," said Vernon McLeod, 33, who raises hogs, cattle, corn, wheat and oats on...

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