FOOD: If...

All over the world hungry men waited. And in the Southwestern wheat belt, U.S. farmers had a new Agriculture Department warning to brood over: another dust bowl was in the making. During the war, too much land had been farmed too hard. Now there was grave danger that retributive weather would blow that land away.

With the guarded peiorism that farmers live by, the Southwest was inclined to scoff. True, there was a blow last fortnight that sent yellow dust billowing from Kansas to Texas. But it was no black blizzard of '36. True, the land was parched from the...

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