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BRIEFLY

January 14, 1988

The Agriculture Department estimated that the United States will run a trade surplus in farm products at $11.5 billion in fiscal 1988, an increase of $4.3 billion from 1987 and the highest level since 1984. The upturn reflected a steady drop in the dollar , new subsidy programs and harsh weather in some producing countries that has spurred demand for American farm goods, the USDA said.

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