CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 1977
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(Studio) Wkend. farmers' protests in Washington, DC and state capitals and threatened strike this week noted; report with regard to seriousness of farmers' troubles and how real strike threat is. Mvt., called American Agriculture, began in Colorado.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Springfield, Colorado) Details of farm prices, troubles they create for farmers, legislature needed and background of American Agriculture Mvt. cited. [Strike leader Darrel SCHRODER - says farmers' refusal to plant crops in 1978 will be biggest disaster country has seen and thinks when it's seen, there will be action.] Contrasting estimates of farmers and food experts with regard to cost of farmers demands to consumers stated. [Strike leader Gregg SUHLER - says strikers don't see particular group as enemy, but problem is that they just haven't done for selves what should have been done.] Reality of farmers' withholding at present even without strike, due to time of season and surplus grain crop from last season, as well as some experts' views that strike now will be self-defeating, noted. [Chief Agriculture Department econ. Howard HJORT - notes farmers, without anything to sell next year, could be hurt worst by strike.] Apparent lack of support for strike among major of American farmers noted. [Cattleman Larry THEURER - cites reasons he won't strike.] Mvt.'s achievement in calling attention to farmers' plight and probability that this is all it will do stated.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley