Agriculture: A Hard Row to Hoe

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Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman speeds to the Pentagon, leaps out of his limousine, and rushes into a basement locker room, ripping off his tie as he runs. Down the stairs bounds Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, unbuttoning his shirt on the way. Within minutes, the two have changed their clothes and are on the squash court, engaged in a fierce, relentless competition. "One of these days," remarked a spectator at a recent match, "we're going to find both of them stretched out on the floor dead."

Freeman is a furiously aggressive player,...

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