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Grain Sales / Background #38741

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 12, 1975
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(Studio) Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz asks grain dealers to suspend more grain sales to USSR until crop evaluation made.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(No location given) In 1972, USSR bought 19 military tons of American grain. US had no reserve surplus stock and grain and food prices rose after sale.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

(DC) [USDA economy Don PAARLBERG - says doesn't know how much USSR will purchase from us. Droughts occur in many places; United States could be in difficulty.] [Agriculture economy John SCHNITTKER - says could have sharply rising food prices in 1976 if Soviets demand more United States grain from lower US supply.]

(NYC) Agriculture Department spokesperson asked grain dealers to refrain from more sales to USSR before Butz made public request.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

Cordtz, Dan;
Hume, Brit;
Smith, Howard K.

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