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(Studio) USSR delegation said in Oklahoma this week to negotiate wheat purchase; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Tilden, Nebraska) Impact of worsening farm economy on related business described; Duane Eggers, Jim Kent and Bonnie Mellis cited as exs. [MELLIS - notes farmers' economy problems affect her store's success.] Extent of federal government programs aimed at helping farmer last year noted. [Farmer Tom OSTRANDER - cites need to participate in government programs rather than farming to survive.] [Center for Rural Affairs spokesperson Marty STRANGE - notes government's PIK program benefits larger farms.] President Reagan's rationale for PIK (payment-in-kind) and small farmers criticism of system outlined, discussed. [STRANGE - explains problems created by PIK.] [Agriculture Secretary John BLOCK - comments on economy and weather problems affecting United States agriculture industry] [MELLOS - explains decision to leave farm community.]
REPORTER: Meredith Vieira
- Rather, Dan;
- Vieira, Meredith
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