AGRICULTURE: Soil Bank Fiasco

When House-Senate conferees voted to extend the life of the Agriculture Department's soil bank for another year (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), many Congressmen did so reluctantly. Last week Arizona's Democratic Congressman Stewart L. Udall turned up a case that went a long way toward explaining their reluctance. The case: Arizona Cotton Farmer Jack A. Harris, who put his entire 1,600-acre Pima County cotton farm in the soil bank in return for a $209,701 Government payment, then turned around and plowed up a new farm to grow three times as much cotton. Cried Congressman Udall: "Here is boondoggling on a grand...

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