A More Rational Farm Program

December 1960
New Republic;12/5/60, Vol. 143 Issue 24, p8
Comments on issues related to the development of agriculture in the United States. Stockpile of farm commodities in the U.S., according to Commodity Credit Corp.; Expectations of wheat farmers from the President-elect; Number of farms that have disappeared annually in the last five years; Average annual income of farmers who have been able to sustain the downward pull experienced by farms all over the country; Status of noncommercial group in farming that operates 1.75 million farms covering one-fifth of the farm land; Need to address the rural welfare problem faced by farmers; Inadequacy of the Rural Development Program operating in the country; Importance of making credit available to people who have the basic farm management skills and the desire to build up their own farm enterprises; Lack of vocational education facilities in rural areas to prepare young people for jobs in the distributive trades, office work, automobile repairing, carpentry and so on; Difficulties faced by commercial agriculture in the nation; Implications of cutting back the production of crops that have been most persistently in surplus.


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