AGRICULTURE: How to Fight a Hydra

The seven-headed Hydra of Greek mythology was a tough monster to be up against: every time a head was cut off, two more promptly grew in its place.* Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson sometimes feels as harried and frustrated as a man trying to kill a Hydra. Under Benson, as under his Democratic predecessors, farm surpluses have kept right on piling up, and the nation's yearly price-support bill has kept getting bigger.

Four-State Experiment. Benson's 1956 soil bank plan was supposed to cut farm production, but after an expenditure of $61 million, out...

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