Nation: Farm Bill Fizzle

The strikers go home to plow

As a gesture of respect, they had removed their red, white and blue caps emblazoned with the words AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. But the thousands of burly farmers, with strike buttons on their brightly colored windbreakers, were readily recognizable last week as they spilled into the Capitol Building with their wives to watch Congress vote on an emergency one-year farm bill to boost crop prices and increase farm loans. It was the climax of a protest begun in December by the farmers, who were caught in a painful squeeze between falling world prices for their crops and rising...

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