The Nation: A Real Sodbuster

Jimmy Carter wanted to put a farmer in charge of U.S. agriculture, and he made good on that goal—very good. Amiable Bob Bergland, 48, a three-term Congressman from northern Minnesota, is an authentic sodbuster who knows the ups and downs of farming at first hand. Son of a mechanic and farmer, he spent two winters as a carpenter to work off debts before making a go of a 600-acre spread planted to seed and feed grain hard by the Canadian border near Roseau, Minn. (pop. 2,552).

On the Hill, Bergland has blamed former Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz's laissez-faire farm policy for putting...

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