AGRICULTURE: Headache Harvest

Any other country might consider itself blessed to hear what the Department of Agriculture told the U.S. last week: "Gains in yield prospects give promise of making 1960 the nation's biggest crop year." In the U.S., the news produced a shudder.

Nature's good tidings meant bad news for a lot of people: for farmers whose crops will be in oversupply, for the taxpayers who have to pay for costly federal programs to cope with farm surpluses, for harried Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson and for his successor in the next Administration.

On the basis of the new crop reports, the next...

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