The Nation: Plowshares into Swords

With prices down and costs up, farmers threaten to strike

Across the American farm belt, homemade signs are sprouting up faster than soybeans in June. They are posted on idle tractors, trucks and combines, on the sides of barns and the walls of farm cooperative offices. NO DEAL, NO MEAL, they proclaim. Or NO PAY, NO HAY. Or FOR YOUR NEXT BAG OF SUGAR, CALL FIDEL. Blunt and pithy, they capture perfectly the mood of America's angry, embattled farmers.

Many militant farmers warn they will launch a nationwide strike on Dec. 14 unless Government price...

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