THE SOIL BANK: A $700 Million Failure?

WHEN Congress last year created the soil bank, it hoped that by paying farmers to take land out of cultivation of price-supported crops a big bite would be taken out of farm surpluses. Both parties were so sure the bank was a good thing that they endorsed it in their platforms, even quarreled over who thought it up in the first place. A fortnight ago, as it appeared that the soil bank this year would cost more than $700 million, the House voted to eliminate $500 million in funds requested to operate the soil bank in 1958, in effect...

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