AGRICULTURE: Open for Business

Just one week after the Administration's new $1,250,000,000 soil bank opened for business, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson reported some heartening transactions. "Good progress," said he, "is being made in Kansas, Illinois, Texas and Iowa." In Iowa alone, between 12,000 and 15,000 farmers have signed up for the plan; county agents are guessing that as many as 75,000 of Iowa's 192,000 farms will participate in the plan before the July 20 deadline.

What Benson did not say was that in Iowa, as in other drought-ridden states where a man makes a decision...

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