611.3531/1527: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Armour)

95. Your 183, June 5, 8 p.m., and 185, June 5, 10 p.m. Newspaper stories referred to in your 183 appeared this morning in the American press. The reported movement of such corn into the United States has led domestic producers to suggest various restrictive measures. However, the Department of Agriculture has made no recommendation to the Tariff Commission to impose import barriers against Argentine corn.

As explained in Department’s 79, May 27, this country has a serious corn surplus situation. It therefore can not be expected that [Page 490] substantial imports of Argentine corn could take place without arousing resistance. But if the subject should prove to require attention, it could be considered in connection with the proposed discussions between the two Governments for coordinated activity in the marketing of corn.