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Farmers Strike #256715

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1978
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(Studio) Details of continuing protests by farmers over prices given; early tractorcades in Plains and Washington, DC and present ones in southwest noted. Real test of success of strike will come in spring.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Effect or lack of it of farmers' protests and strike described. [Chicago Board of Trade president Robert WILMOUTH - says it would take participation of 50-75% of farmers to succeed in strike and he's not concerned with regard to this.] [Board of Trade chairperson Ronald YOUNG - states there's been no effect on prices so far and won't be till farmers can take definitive action.] Recent Agriculture Department survey of farmers' plans to plant less this year cited. Contd. lobbying efforts by farmers in Washington, DC office detailed. [Marvin MEEK - says half of United States farmers support strike and will lay out 50% of land if necessary.] [Agriculture Department economy Howard HJORT - cites problems in farmers' making decisions with regard to cutbacks.] Test of strike could come in south Texas soon.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Kelley, Chris
Duration:
00:03:10

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