AGRICULTURE: Thorn of Plenty

The Administration last week called in an expert food salesman to help move a mountain. The expert: lean-jawed Clarence Francis, 65, who will retire next month as board chairman of General Foods Corp. (Maxwell House coffee, Birds Eye frozen foods, Swans Down cake mixes, etc.). The mountain: the Government's vast and growing stocks of surplus agricultural products, which now total $2.7 billion. Francis took over a White House desk as presidential adviser on surpluses and chairman of a new interdepartmental committee on disposal plans.

Getting rid of farm surpluses, even in the form of gifts, is a tough job, despite...

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