Farm Prics and Farmer-Labor Politics
Efforts to Consolidate Farm-Labor Alliance
The Brannan Plan of farm income support, although rejected by the Democratic Congress in 1949, is being actively promoted by the Truman administration as a principal issue for the 1950 congressional campaign. Administration leaders are convinced that the backing of dirt farmers can be won for the plan despite opposition from the country's largest farm organizations. And they believe that arrangements which promise lower prices for food, without depressing living standards on the farms, will receive strong endorsement from consumers in the cities.1
The primary purpose of the Brannan Plan is to stabilize farm income at the high levels attained during and after the war, but this objective has been obscured by controversy over its provisions for ...