Real Trouble on the Farm

As losses mount, a bitter debate begins over the Government's role

The hours are long and the work back-breaking. There always seems to be too much of something: rain, sun, insects, sometimes even crops. The whole way of | life almost seems an anachronism in a land of expressways and glass skyscrapers. But somehow the farmer managed to get by, helped by his own skill and, for the past half-century, a sympathetic Government that kept a floor under the prices of major crops through fat years and lean.

But now many farmers are not getting by. Foreign markets are disappearing, land values are tumbling, banks are hesitant to extend loans. The auctioneer's...

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