The efficiency of a dairy farm near Watson, Illinois, brought the Soviets to the area on Wednesday (15 December).
The efficiency of a dairy farm near Watson, Illinois, brought the Soviets to the area on Wednesday (15 December). The stop was part of a 12-day visit to the United States by Soviet Agriculture Minister Vladimir Matskevich. One reason for the tour of the farm was reportedly so the Russian officials could get some idea of how the Americans mechanise their dairy industry -- because the Russians have the same problem of large farms with too few people to operate them.
SYNOPSIS: The ??? of ??? farm in Illinois, in the American Mid-West, brought a Soviet delegation to the area for an inspection visit. The delegation was headed by Soviet Agriculture Minister Vladimir Matskevich, who was on 12-day visit to the United States. One purpose of the tour of the farm was reportedly to give the Russians some ideas of how to improve their dairy farming industry. Matskevich told reporters that the Russians were facing the problems of large collective farms coupled with that of farm workers moving to the towns. This meant bigger farms and fewer people to run them.
This farm has 2,300 cows and this milking parlous operates around the clock. Nine hundred cows can be milked a day here. Yet only 35 people are employed on the farm.
Matskevich told journalists that another delegation may visit an Illinois tractor company in the near future to negotiate the sale of farm machinery to the Russians.
The Minister told reporters that the Soviet Union is interested in importing more American farm products, particularly grain. But he indicated that politics must be removed from the present agricultural trade policy. In a Washington press conference on Friday, Mr. Matskevich told reporters that a long-term expansion in American-Soviet trade was begin developed through talks. Continuing trade talks would be carried on. The Minister's visit to the United States follows a recent trip to Moscow by U.S. Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans. On his return, Stans said that the potential existed for trade totalling thousand of millions of Dollars annually between the two countries. Mr. Matskevich indicated to reporters that the Soviet Union must have a steady market for trade. It's reported that if America can stabilise its agricultural trade policies with the Soviet Union, one result could mean a lot of money for the American farmer.