A discussion of Soviet agricultural policy under Khrushchev, 1953-1963, particularly the reaasons for the leveling off of farm output after 1958. Discussed are: (1) trends in inputs and incentives; (2) financial problems faced by farms as a result of the reorganization of the machine tractor stations in 1958; and (3) the central policy issue that emerged after 1958; whether differences in farm efficiency reflect differences in leadership or originate in natural conditions that demand economic, rather than administrative remedies.
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