Farmers: Strike for Contracts

"Are you with us?" bellowed the big man on the platform. "Yes!" roared some 20,000 farmers and their wives in Des Moines' Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

With that assurance, President Oren Lee Staley of the militant National Farmers Organization last week announced what everyone in the building had come to cheer—a strike against food processors to force higher prices for many farm products. "This is a battle for survival of family-type agriculture," said Staley.

"American farmers have retreated as far as they can. We do not intend to retreat any further." Staley heads an organization that, since its founding in 1955, has...

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