FARMERS: More Tractors Wanted

Secretary of Agriculture Wickard is worried about the coming shortage of tractors. There is talk in Washington of a ration plan for heavy farm machinery. Military needs are gobbling so much steel that next year there will not be enough tractors to go around: merely to replace those worn out, 125,000 new ones will be needed. If the U.S. population of horses and mules continues to dwindle at its present rate, at least another 50,000 tractors will be needed. (In 1940, tractors on farms increased by 218,000.)

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