AGRICULTURE: On the Safe Side

Nobody worries more, in public, about how to keep the U.S. farmer prosperous than Secretary of Agriculture Charles Brannan. His chief worry at the moment, Brannan told Senators last week, was whether the Agriculture Department has enough money on hand to support farm crops next year. If crops should be only a little bit bigger than expected, said he, price supports would cost at least $1 billion more than estimated. Just to keep on the safe side, said Brannan, Congress should add another $2 billion to the department's purse of $4.75 billion for the support program.


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