AGRICULTURE: Thwarted Farmer

Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson thinks that trade, not aid, is best for the U.S. farmer. But Benson has been thwarted, temporarily at least, by the situation he inherited from his predecessors. He decided, for example, that it would be unfair to yank Government aid, in the form of price supports, from butter until the industry had a chance to work out its own salvation (TIME, March 9 et seq.).

Last week Ezra Benson was thwarted again by his inheritance: in the face of continuing dairy surpluses, he slapped an embargo on all imports of dried milk, buttermilk and cream...

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