ISSUES: To Cope with the Farm Mess

Nixon and Kennedy agree that the farm mess is the U.S.'s No. 1 domestic problem in Election Year 1960—and well they might, since federal farm programs cost the taxpayers some $6 billion a year and still fail to keep farm income from drooping. Last week at a farm near Sioux Falls, S.Dak., the two candidates presented their programs for tidying up the mess—and, incidentally, bid high for the wavering farm-state vote. Occasion: the National Plowing Contest, an annual jamboree held in a different farm state each year.

Kennedy ran into foul weather. The rain that had turned the fields...

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