AGRICULTURE: Good for the Corn

"In an idle and somewhat sportive mood," the Des Moines Register's Chief Editorial Writer Lauren Soth wrote a few paragraphs last February inviting a Soviet farm delegation "to get the lowdown" on Iowa's prime products, corn and hogs. Moscow jumped at the offer, and Kansan Dwight Eisenhower soon endorsed the idea of exchanging farm visits.

Last week, still a bit astonished by it all, Editorialist Soth was off touring the U.S.S.R. with a group of Americans, while twelve Soviet agricultural bosses thrashed happily through Iowa's tall-corn country — shoulder deep in corn,...

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