Foreign Aid: A Few Kernels

Two weeks after President Kennedy gave U.S. traders the go-ahead on grain sales to Communist countries, the Commerce Department authorized the export of 2,600,000 bushels of corn to Hungary. The first sales, involving Minneapolis' Cargill Inc. and Manhattan's Continental Grain Co., amounted to $4,306,860—just a few kernels compared with the $250 million feast that is anticipated when the Communists start buying wheat.

If they start buying, that is. Though Russia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary have indicated that they want 150 million bushels of U.S. wheat in a hurry, some problems remain. A four-man Soviet team headed by First Deputy Foreign...

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