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Secretary Freeman Talks Agriculture's Value in Cold War

Nov. 16, 1961 - Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman (right) said today that agriculture was this country’s “strongest deterrent” to the spread of communism. He said he became convinced of this on his recent world trade trip. In many areas, he said, American capacity to produce food surpluses was looked upon by the people as a much greater accomplishment than Soviet space successes or this country’s great industrial capacity. Mr. Freeman said that people almost everywhere he visited were aware of the contrast between agriculture in this country and in Communist areas. He visited 13 countries in Europe, the Near East, and the Far East during a month-long tour.


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