AGRICULTURE: Attacking the Surpluses

Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson presented himself before the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry one morning last week, radiating ease and self-assurance. Three days earlier, President Eisenhower had sent to the Congress an 8,000-word farm program designed to reduce the country's agricultural commodity surpluses and to end the down-drift in farm income. The President had held firmly to Benson's principle of flexible price supports, making no concessions to those—including Democratic Candidate Adlai Stevenson—who advocate rigid high price supports.

Benson told the Senate committee that the surpluses lay at the heart of the farm problem. "Our surpluses must be...

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