Buttering Up the Farmers

U.S. dairy stockpiles just keep on growing

Every week, freight trains that are sometimes 80 cars long rumble across the Midwest and into the mouth of a mammoth limestone cave in Kansas City, Kans. Below ground, workers descend upon the boxcars and begin unloading the crated cargo. The tight security suggests an underground nuclear test facility, or maybe a toxic waste storage dump. In fact, the site is actually the U.S. Government's largest warehouse for surplus butter.

Into that frigid cavern, and 328 smaller warehouses and depositories around the country, the Department of...

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