AGRICULTURE: Farming's Golden Challenge

In shock, anger and disbelief, Americans this year have watched food scarcities drive grocery bills out of sight and the U.S. shut out eager foreign buyers by clamping export controls on soybeans and some other crops. Round the world, concern about food shortages grows. In Rome last week, Addeke H. Boerma, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, called officials of five major farming nations, including the U.S., to an urgent conference Sept. 20 that will consider ways to deal with a threatened global wheat pinch. U.S. agriculture, long regarded...

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