FARMERS: Subsidized Size

Although it is merchandised in and out of Congress as a life belt for the ordinary farmer, the U.S.'s inflated farm program (1959 budget: $7 billion) floats its biggest loans and subsidies to the huge corporation farms. Example: Delta & Pine Land Co., a 37,000-acre, English-owned plantation in Mississippi, drew $1,167,502.35 in Government price-support loans on its 1957 cotton crop, $20,761.20 in soil-bank subsidy (now partly abandoned) for not planting riceland. Example: Westlake Farms, Inc., of Stratford, Calif., did a heads-we-win-tails-you-lose business with taxpayer money: $854,450.67 from Commodity Credit Corp. for the cotton it raised, $125,942.50 from the soil...

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