THE FEDERAL FARM FABLE by Paul Findley

THE FEDERAL FARM FABLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Put quite simply, Congressman Findley (R--III.) wants to ""get the government off the farm."" Here he presents an adamant (and somewhat biased) assessment of Federal farm policies in the sixties, describes his six-year fight against the Department of Agriculture, and states the ease for HR 8001--his latest proposal to get bureaucrats ""completely out of the business of buying, storing and selling"" major commodities. Findley points out many errors in the complicated farm policies. But his analysis of the farmer's major problem as a government-induced ""cost-price squeeze"" ignores the important factor of rising productivity capability. In short, several Administrations have attempted to obtain a demand-supply balance at dose to the parity ratio but this has been impossible largely because of the per acre output rise. Findley admits that some farmers oppose his program, but seems to feel that in time the farmers would prosper. Perhaps. But his book, which gives the lie to Federal policies, offers no solution.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1968
Publisher: Arlington House