Congress: Toward the Fork

Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman warned last week that U.S. farm policy is heading toward a fork in its rutted road. One way, he. said, leads to "supply management"—a term for the high price supports and strict production controls that Freeman favors. The other route is that of "the free market"—and, Freeman insists, to take it would mean that "rural America would be irreparably changed, communities destroyed, institutions seriously damaged."

The very next day the U.S. Senate gave Freeman a push in the direction he wants to follow. It passed a bill giving...

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