Red Farm Propaganda

The cows are fat and happy in this 1962 Soviet agriculture poster. The text says, "The Gas Station to Abundance.” But what does it mean? Is it about feeding cows so they produce tanks of milk? Is it to encourage the efficient moving of cattle? Or could it be about ethanol? It's part of a collection of vintage agricultural propaganda posters from several different communist countries you can see at Modern Farmer. Link -via the Presurfer

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When Khrushchev visited the U.S. in the 1950s, he was so fascinated with corn that he became obsessed thinking it was the model of efficiency and the future of Soviet agriculture. He demanded corn be the new fodder for livestock (i.e. increased meat production, thus the poster) and increased its production input over staples like hay and wheat. The corn craze lasted through early successes until the mid-1960s when mass corn crop failures ruined collective farm output and turned farmers against it.
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