The Land: The Recreation Crop

Farmers grow too much on too much land. City wage earners have money, free weekends, but nowhere to go. Trying to alleviate these dual problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instituted a program offering family farmers longterm loans up to $60,000 to develop "camping grounds, swimming facilities, tennis courts, riding stables, vacation cottages and lodges, lakes and ponds for boating and fishing, docks, nature trails, picnic grounds and hunting preserves."

In the four months since the program's inception. 306 farmers have applied for loans. A typical case: a small New Jersey dairy farmer, who wants to...

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