National Affairs: For Farmers: Flexibility

In this congressional election year, the vote-chaser's farm program would be a pleasantly flavored nostrum designed to produce a surplus of votes. This week, in the farm message he sent to Congress, President Eisenhower turned away from the politically expedient course. He faced the facts of life down on the farm.

The facts are uncomfortable. Granaries and warehouses are bulging with surplus farm crops—wheat, corn, cotton, dairy products—all paid for by the Government. Present farm laws still encourage production of surpluses. To meet 1954 commitments, the Administration had to ask for an increase from $6.7 billion to $8.5 billion in the amount...

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