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Works in ProgressPlans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963$
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Jenny Leigh Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300200690

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300200690.001.0001

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(p.225) Epilogue
Works in Progress

Jenny Leigh Smith

Yale University Press

After the Soviet Union bought wheat from the United States following the Second World War, news spread that the Soviet Union intended to use the grain to make explosives and vodka. This chapter highlights the impact of the purchase of wheat on the agricultural goals of the Soviet Union. It emphasizes the domestic policy decisions of the country to sustain low food prices and enhance the quality of animal feeds. It is noted that a large part of the purchased wheat was used to feed livestock. Relatively, the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture performed well in increasing animal stocks, but with the lack of materials to feed them, the animals were not able to attain their full potential.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, wheat, United States, Second World War, explosives, vodka, animal feeds, Soviet Ministry of Agriculture, food prices

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