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US grain flow to Soviets may be brisk October

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY CLARA GERMANI / August 7, 1981



Vienna

US grain sales to the Soviet Union could be back to normal by October following agreement here to extend the current long-term pact for one more year. US and Soviet delegations dealt with the embargo still hanging over their grain trade by agreeing to extend the pact, which expires on Sept. 30.

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The pact contained neither an overall delivery guarantee clause, which the Soviets were believed to be seeking to protect them from future grain embargoes, nor the higher minimum purchase levels many US farmers would have liked to ensure t heir share of the Soviet market.