AGRICULTURE: Spuds to Spare

Far from shivering miserably under the icy flow of protest from dairy farm groups. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson last week proved himself a man who finds a cold shower invigorating. Having just cut supports on dairy products from 90% to 75% of parity, Benson briskly followed up by refusing to purchase surplus potatoes.

The U.S. Congress, amid cries of crisis and warnings of impending catastrophe, only a few weeks ago rushed through authorization for Benson to buy potatoes and channel them to Government-supported outlets such as the school lunch program. While potato consumption in the...

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