AGRICULTURE: Flies in the Barn

Scanning the somber men seated in front of him in a Capitol Hill hearing room last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Harold D. Cooley of North Carolina said that the committee "has never had so many distinguished witnesses before it at any one time." Seated shoulder to shoulder at the witness table were seven U.S. state Governors, all Democrats, gathered in Washington to protest the plight of farmers under the impact of a price decline that shrank agricultural income by 16% last year.

One by one. the Governors of Iowa, Michigan. Minnesota. Missouri, South Dakota. Wisconsin and Colorado read off statements...

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