THE NEW ISSUES: LAND, WATER, ENERGY
The biggest single new fact about America's agriculture is that
U.S. farm exports are expected to reach a record 170 million tons this year-despite a world economic slowdown.
"At the rate exports are increasing," noted Lauren Soth, col- umnist and former editor of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, "the danger of over-exploitation of the land . . . is becoming im- minent. Yet exports have been the lifeblood of Americanagricul- ture and are vital to farm prosperity ."