Nation: Furious Farmers

Pushing for plumper prices

Belching diesel exhaust, 6,500 tractors lumbered along a Georgia interstate last weekend, bound for Atlanta. Meanwhile, eight "tractorcades" rumbled into Topeka, Kans., and similar demonstrations occurred in a dozen more Midwestern state capitals. In Washington, D.C., 600 tractors and other farm vehicles gathered near the Washington Monument. Across the country, farmers were rallying to show that they were ready to strike in order to force prices higher. Their motto: "No more producing, no more selling and no more buying."

Yet it seemed most unlikely that American farmers, traditionally an independent and antiunion lot, would be eager to do that....

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