The Nation: Frustrations of a Rural Republican

Few politicians are in a better position to reflect the intensity of anger and restiveness among the nation's farmers than Iowa Republican Congressman William J. Scherle, 48. A husky (6 ft. 3 in., 249 lbs.) feed-grain and livestock farmer from a diversified agricultural area near the Missouri River, the three-term Congressman has vainly tried to warn the Nixon Administration about its political vulnerability in the Midwest. He expressed his frustration last week to TIME Correspondent Jess Cook:

FARMERS are going to be very vindictive in 1972, but we can't seem to reach these Administration people about the seriousness of the situation. I...

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