AGRICULTURE: The Strickland Plan

On a country road outside Atlanta one day in 1945, a well-dressed man stopped his car to watch a farmer and his son laboriously grading a small field with the help of a decrepit old mule. The sight was a common one in the South, and it was not new to Robert Marion Strickland, 50, president of Atlanta's Trust Co. of Georgia (main Coca-Cola bank). But he had just been visiting a well-heeled farmer friend who had cleared and graded a 30,000-acre farm in a short time with heavy machinery. Bob Strickland decided on the spot to bring the...

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