AGRICULTURE: The Farmer's Lesson

When the time came for cotton planting last spring, Arizona Farmer Jack A. Harris saw a fine chance to teach the Government a lesson—and make himself a quick profit (TIME, July 22). A foe of all price supports, he put his 1,600-acre Pima County farm into the soil bank in return for a $209,701 Government check. Then he sidestepped the bank's purpose by sowing 4,500 acres of cotton in another part of the state. Even after paying an 18½¢ penalty a pound for growing cotton without an allotment (which amounted to $965,595, the biggest penalty ever), Harris planned...

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