KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. – Funeral services for Morton Sosland, longtime leader of Sosland Publishing Company and editor-in-chief of several of its publications, including World Grain, will be held May 1 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Mr. Sosland died April 25 at the age of 93.
During his 72-year career, Mr. Sosland was an authoritative editorial voice in the global grain and milling industries, accurately analyzing complex issues and communicating them in clear and engaging language.
He broke the news of the Soviet Union's historic and huge grain purchases from the United States in 1972. The Russian Wheat Deal, which was the largest ever in the history of the grain business, moved markets sharply higher and was a watershed moment for the U.S. and global economy.
Mr. Sosland’s role in breaking the story attracted great attention from the national media, including renowned conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., who, on his “Firing Line” television show interviewed Mr. Sosland about the Russian Wheat Deal and its implications.
Here is the episode from 1974 in which Mr. Sosland’s depth of knowledge about the grain industry and its broader impact on the global economy are on full display.