FARMS: Away From Freedom

One of the few domestic economic accomplishments of the Nixon Administration was to maneuver through Congress a 1973 law that dismantled most of the creaky, and costly, machinery of farm price supports and acreage allotments. Farm prices have shot up in a relatively free market for most of the past two years. Now, however, some of those prices are declining again, bringing to consumers a taste of sorely needed relief in food prices (TIME, March 24). Unfortunately, this renewed demonstration that free prices go down as well as up has sparked a powerful movement in Congress to bring back...

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