Nation: Potato Bake in Idaho

Potatoe Bake in Idaho

U.S. agriculture is still one of the world's wonders—and its economics is still a mess. Amid spectacular farm production and surpluses, some 15 million Americans go underfed. Last week, in an attempt to drive the price of prize Idaho potatoes up from about $2.50 a hundredweight to $3.50, farmers burned 5,000,000 lbs. of them in eastern Idaho in giant bonfires fueled by straw and kerosene. If the price does not rise promptly, say the farmers, they will destroy another 5,000,000 lbs.

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