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Farm Crisis #302108

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 27, 1985
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(Studio) Senator approval of farm relief legislature, despite President Reagan's opposition and threat to veto such bill, reported; House passage of similar legislature noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Ames, Iowa) Major farm protest rally here featured; films shown. [Participant Barney VAN STRATEN - notes degree of unity.] [Minnesota State Univ. spokesperson Jon WEFALD - criticizes Agriculture Secretary John Block's lack of understanding about farm debt interest] [Darrell RIGER - accuses Reagan admin. of declaring war on family farm.] Mock funeral for OMB director David Stockman mentioned. [Randy TASCHNER - doesn't expect to effect administration] [VAN STRATEN - thinks rally will instill hope in young farmers.] [WEFALD - is committed to winning.]
REPORTER: Frank Currier

(Studio) Farm state Congressmen's protest near White House described, shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Overall success of United States farming examined. [American Farm Bureau spokesperson Ross KORVES - denies all American agriculture is in economy crisis.] Farm economy related statistics outlined. [Econ. John SCHNITKER - doesn't believe bankrupt farmers present national problem.] Farmer Al Robbins' approach to operation described. [ROBBINS - considers cause of some farmer's economy problems.] [KORVES - thinks now is opportune time to begin farming.] [SCHNITKER - describes broad range of current farm crisis; denies it's a consumer food crisis.]
REPORTER: Meredith Vieira


(Studio) Congress Budget Ofc.'s disagreement with President Reagan's analysis of federal budget deficit outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Currier, Frank;
Rather, Dan;
Vieira, Meredith

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