AGRICULTURE: From Flexible to Variable

In Chicago's ornate Civic Opera House one day last week, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson arose before 3,000 members of the American Farm Bureau Federation to talk about farm problems and policy. Just before he spoke, the "Deltones," a girls' trio from Delta County, Utah, sang "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." But Ezra Taft Benson made no effort to pose as a man with a snowy white beard and a bag full of gifts.

The farm situation, Benson bluntly admitted, certainly is not all Cadillacs and caviar. Since February 1951, the prices farmers get have dropped 64 points...

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