Don't Kick the Farmer

Clyde Mitchell, C.
May 1954
New Republic;5/10/54, Vol. 130 Issue 19, p15
This article presents information on agricultural policy in the U.S. A national policy which keeps farm income moving steadily upward along with national prosperity is better for the economy generally than fluctuations. Farmers are important consumers, particularly of machinery, chemicals and durable consumer goods, industries which are now suffering. A national policy which requires a downward adjustment in farm production or prices will put on the farmer the entire burden of a major failure in the national and international systems of income-distribution. The American farmers and people who study their problems would be quite willing for changes to be made in the type and level of price supports if these two fundamental problems of consumption expansion and farm poverty were simultaneously made subjects of adequate legislation.


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