AGRICULTURE: The Changing American Farm

Nobody gave them a Distinguished Service Cross or an E-for-excellence pennant, but U.S. farmers last week had good reason to be proud as roosters: the Department of Agriculture announced that on fewer acres than they plowed in 1918 they will raise 40% more food this year for the United Nations-the biggest, most diversified, most healthful, most vitamin-rich crop ever harvested anywhere by any people.

Not all the old stand-by crops have shared equally in the new records. Pork, beef and milk are far above the old peaks. Wheat, corn and oats are...

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