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Agriculture / Price Supports / Drought #251083

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 1977
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(Studio) Agriculture Secretary Bergland gives agriculture bill to Cong; price supports to be less than expected. Reaction of Senators Herman Talmadge, Agriculture Committee Chairperson, and Robert Dole noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hutchinson, Kansas) Kansas wheat farmers say they are losing money now and will continue to do so even with price supports unless more comes from government [Wheat farmer Donald EPPERSON - farmers have been hit like bombshell.] [Kansas Wheat Growers Association president Earl HAYES - contrasts defense spending with farm allocations.] [Farmer Howard WARD - if government expects family farm to survive, it has to have fair share of economy] [EPPERSON - wheat farmer can't make money with present government supports.] Farmers say wheat in worst shape of any farm product
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Carter also asks Congress for relief for drought-stricken areas.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details with regard to relief money noted. Secretary Berglad says effect of drought can't be measured yet. [Interior Secretary Cecil ANDRUS - measure won't reach all, but will alleviate immediate problems.] Carter has reviewed water projects cancellation and now announces continuation of Dickey-Lincoln School Lakes Dam project in Illinois. Other projects have been added to cancellation list, but hearings to be held before final decisions. Projects allowed to continue include Carter's Lake Dam in Georgia; spokesperson says not related to President
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint


(Studio) United Nations commission currently studies world problem of water shortage in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Mar del Plata, Argentina) United Nations commission's study of problem noted, include difficulty of finding accurate information on problem and possible solutions. Proposals by Tansania and Canada cited. Because of nonpol. atmosphere of conf., it could be 1 of most fruitful and create contemplative attitude in world with regard to water shortage, without drought to illustrate.

Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, David;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Webster, Don

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