AGRICULTURE: Ezra's Quandary

In St. Paul, Minn, last Feb. 11, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson laid down a basic Benson principle: "We seek a minimum of restrictions on farm production and marketing ..." Last week Secretary Benson, still firmly devoted to that principle, nevertheless moved toward more restriction. He established marketing quotas on the 1954 U.S. wheat crop.

No Choice. No such quota controls have been set on wheat since Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard fixed them for the 1943 crop. Benson had no choice. The 1938 Agricultural Adjustment Act, still in effect, says that the wheat-marketing restriction machinery must be thrown into...

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