WASHINGTON: Shrinking Dairy Surpluses

Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson last week gave a progress report on his program to shrink the mountain of surplus U.S. dairy products by lower price supports and a huge giveaway program. Lower price supports so spurred consumption that Benson was able to cut new purchases of butter by 45%, of cheese by 66%, of dried milk by 21%. Under the giveaway program, the U.S. in 1954 distributed a total 1.7 billion Ibs. of excess butter, cheese and dried milk, much of it free to welfare agencies at home and abroad, treble the amount disposed of in 1953. Together,...

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