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Crops For Combat

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Description "Shows the vital role of oil from farm crops in time of war. With sources of palm, cocoanut, rung, teaseed, sesame, and other oils virtually cut off, and shipping hazardous, the United States looked to its farmers to produce oil crops to supply its needs. Flax, cottonseed, peanuts, and soybeans constituted important sources of domestic oil. The picture shows how oil is produced, and some of the many ways it is used"  (Motion Pictures of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1945).  
"Deals with the importance of oil production in America for purposes of warfare. Shows America producing billions of gallons of oil from flax, cotton seed, peanuts, and soybeans-now that import of oil from tropical trees has been cut off. Closing scenes show condensed foods and fats being sent to armies while numerous by-products are used in wartime industries" (Indiana University Extension Division Visual Aids Catalog Supplement, September 1945, 38). 
Creator United States. Department of Agriculture
United States. Agricultural Adjustment Agency
Contributor Duncan Wall : narration
Jack Shilkret : musical score
Tom Hogan : directed and photographed by
Date Issued 1943
Duration 00:09:35
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.