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An American Farmer Looks Abroad

ON SATURDAY afternoons, when the farmers of our community (West Buffalo, northwest of Buffalo, Kansas) park their cars around the courthouse square at the county seat, the usual questions about field work and seasonal observations on the weather may still be heard. But this traditional visiting is interspersed with comment on the yield of spring wheat in Canada and the previous week's movement of grain products to Europe and the Far East. The next group may be talking about the collapse in the foreign demand for pork. Inevitably there will be a terse exchange of ideas on the destruction of buying power in such food importing countries as Great Britain and Germany. In other words, our eyes are turning abroad in an effort to find some solution for the market typhoon into which we have been plunged. And that is representative, I think, of the changing thought among the rural people of the Middle West.

Their first thought is of markets. But with it goes at least a dim realization of the need for a better understanding among the peoples of the earth. This feeling naturally is accompanied by an impatience with the manner in which statesmen have handled international technicalities. Perhaps the neighborhood's viewpoint, which is rather indefinite and somewhat resentful, could be expressed in the words of Signor Grandi, formerly Foreign Minister of Italy, who recently asked, "Can we close our eyes to the fact that hundreds of millions of men throughout the whole world feel that their peace and their daily bread depend on the solution of a few fundamental factors?" Anyhow, the hard realities of the business depression have forced us to look farther along the route in the sale of our products than in the old and happy days before the wreck of the world's business knocked the props from under our market structure. The smash has carried the prices of most of our commodities to astonishingly low levels, in some cases to the point of

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