THE ECONOMY: Pass the Butter

Ezra Taft Benson faced up to the toughest decision he has had to make as Secretary of Agriculture. Ever since taking office, Benson has been preaching the need for getting the farmer out from under a rigged economy. Yet there, on his desk before him last week, lay the sorry facts about the butter industry. Butter is selling badly, and dairymen still have to pay support prices for feed. The question: Should he extend Government price supports, at 90% of parity, on butter for another year? Benson came to a reluctant decision: butter's props will be kept for the new...

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