Agriculture: Conflict of Interests

Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman, current custodian of the Government's scandalous farm subsidy program, appeared last week before the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's largest farm organization, holding its annual convention in Chicago. There Freeman, an outspoken fellow, ran up against the federation's equally outspoken President Charles Shuman. The result: Freeman and Shuman found themselves in complete agreement on one important subject—and in complete disagreement on another.

Speaking on the issue of liberalized foreign trade, Freeman continued the Administration's mounting offensive aimed at persuading Congress to slash U.S. tariffs next year. Said Freeman: "It is imperative that the U.S. adopt policies...

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