THE RECENT PRICE SUPPORT program on potatoes produced some dramatic and spectacular results. More potatoes
were produced than people were willing to buy. Large amounts
acquired by the government could not be disposed of in useful
outlets; many potatoes were dumped and allowed to rot. The
federal government spent more money buying potatoes from
1942 through 1950 than it spent for any other farm commodity
from 1933 through 1950. Many of the major problems encountered
in supporting potato prices were never solved; they ended only
when Congress withdrew all direct price support after the 1950 crop
Gray, Roger W.; Sorenson, Vernon L.; Cochrane, Willard W..
Price Supports and the Potato Industry.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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