Right in the Breadbasket

Bowing to domestic pressure, Reagan ends the grain embargo

The limit on grain sales to the Soviet Union, imposed by President Carter 16 months ago in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, was never very popular in the U.S., especially among farmers and other voters in the breadbasket states of the Midwest. Ronald Reagan, who as a candidate called for lifting the partial embargo,* did so last week, asserting that "American farmers had been unfairly singled out to bear the burden of this ineffective national policy."

The embargo had been the subject of a...

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