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crop destruction - Scanning the News By THOMAS K. CROCKER Long...
Scanning the News By THOMAS K. CROCKER Long standing heat records were smashed in Iowa Wednesday -when the mercury soared to 115 degrees at Ottuniwa and 111 at Knoxville. Temperatures of 110 were com mon and many cities reported ill and ill. At only a few places wag there any trace of rain. Crops continued to burn up. Southern Iowa is In a hopeless condition and the cen tral part of the state, on the border border of the drouth area, is badly la need of rain. Northern Iowa farmers are literally literally sitting on top of the world. Their cribs are full of sealed corn. They are going to get a fine crop this year and a good price for two years production. So it's an ill wind that blows nobody good— but that doesn't make things easier easier for those whose hopes have been blasted by a searing sun and clouds that hold no rain. Neither does it make things easier for those in Washington who are struggling to overcome the depression. The drouth has upset crop reduction calculations, burned up farm incomes, increased increased the relief burden, caused untold untold physical suffering among people people and livestock, set back ex»- nomic recovery at least a year. The keystone of the Roosevelt program is restoration of buying power to 30.000.000 people who live on farms. This was to have been accomplished by small crop reduction on all farms in order to raise prices substantially and distribute distribute a higher agricultural Income Income over the entire farming area. The drouth will bring much larger incomes where sufficient rain has fallen but deficient incomes in the burned areas. This means ruined farmers and ruined business men, who depend on farm trade. Also it means fewer dollars to spend for the products of industry and fewer jobs for those who w-ork in factories. One bright spot in the picture is the income that drouth-stricken farmers wiir receive from the federal federal government. Processing tax payments for voluntary crop reduction reduction will not compensate for crop losses due to adverse weather conditions conditions but in hundreds of cases they will provide some cash income income where all else has failed. Mark Sullivan writes that the drouth has succeeded where the AAA failed, attempts to point out that the hand of nature has wrought an advance of prices that the adjustment program was unable unable to accomplish. It. seems to me that anyone who believes that loses sight of the fundamental purpose of the adjustment adjustment program, which is to increase agricultural income, not just the income of a few f; mers who are fortunate enough, to escare adverse adverse weather conditions. Also, Mr. Sullivan is taking the responsibility responsibility for a verdict of rather doubtful doubtful worth when he declares that the AAA has failed. It cannot be denied that the drouth has been responsible for a strong advance in agricultural prices but it is not true that there had been no advance before the drouth laid its heavy hand upon the farms. The days of 10-cent corn, 30-cent wheat and two-cent hogs were history before this spring, the setback resulting from unsound speculation during May and June 1933 had been overcome and prices were moving upward in an orderly advance. It destroys it Despite"the surplus production has been an j annual occurrence since the war. j . It would be unsound to restrici j I production below the limits of ! safety and there is no disposition ou the part of the agricultural adjustment adjustment administration to do so. However, when surpluses pile higher and higher every year and prices go lower and lower, it would be foolish not to attempt some adjustment adjustment of production. This the administration proposed to do. at the same tinje aiming to maintain a reasonable surplus as insurance against an emergency. But no one could foresee a drouth of the magnitude of this one. It never had occurred. It wasn't in the cards. If it has been expected there probably would have been no reduction program but neither would there have been any processing processing tax 10 distribute among fanners who are otherwise desti tute. It all KC^S back to the law of averages. If drouth is the average condition in America, we should plan on drouth. If production far beyond our needs is the average, we should base our plans on that kind of production. We have done that — and the plan, despite Mr. Sullivan and other critics, is sound and is succeeding. Charles B. Ash. secretary of the Ames Building and Loan association. association. wjJl be the special representative representative of the United States Building and Loan league in its membership drive in this territory, it was announced announced Thursday by Clarence T. Rice, of Kansas City, Kan., general membership chairman of the league. The campaign for enlisting more building and loan associations associations in the unified program of the national organization will culminate at New Orleans when the national convention is held there October 24. 25 and 26. A silver loving cup will go to the individual bringing the largest number of associations nto the membership ranks b-rtween now and that deadline. Mr. Rice's letter announcing the ocal appointment calls attention o the emphasis now being placed 3y the federal government, upon jome repairing, remodeling, and juilding as means of promoting recovery. recovery. The buiiding and loan bus- ness, he says, has been respons- ble for the financing of two thirds of the existing small homes, and must unite on a solid, program in order to do its utmost in coopera- ion with the federal government. Indicating that he would accept he appointment, Mr. Ash said that the enlistment of private capital 'or use in making home mortgage oans would be rapidly speeded up )>• the working together of all the .1,000 building and loan associa- ions. Plans for a cooperative advertising advertising campaign are now underway underway by which the associations will point out their readiness to make the loans which the housing admin- stration hopes to see consumraat.- d to increase employment." iuthrie To Address Kiwanians on Birds Prof. J. B. Guthrie, Iowa State college zoologist; will address the weekly luncheon of the Kiwanis club Friday noon on the subject "Birds." The club meets in the Sheldon-Munn. totel for luncheon. 101st Birthday, Gets Pension MINERVA, 0. (UJEi— Mrs. Frederick Frederick Fishel received on her 101st birthday an old age pension certificate. certificate. Born in Wurtenberg, Germany, Mrs. Fishel came to America at six. The drouth is crop reduction by destruction on a collossal scale. It. does not increase farm buying increase in prices, the national agricultural income from this year's crop without the processing tax may be lower than last year's. However, cotton loans in the south and corn loans in Iowa and neighbor neighbor states made it possible for the producer to hold last year's bountiful bountiful crop and profit from the advance. advance. Today, by grace of those loans. the farmers of Iowa are getting more than 60 cents for corn that was worth 30 cents a year ago. This is the first time in the history of this country that the man who produced the grain was able to cash in on a speculative advance. Always before, the rich returns went to the speculator Today, the profits accruing to agriculture from the loan program are mitigating the effect of the drouth and will probably increase the gross farm income this year tar above last year's figure. It seems to me that the person who attacks the AAA as a failure should he required to outline a subsutute plan. He should be ask- H if. in his opinion, the farmers of the United States should fasten jthoir hores for better prices upon !'!>" possibility of a national disa?- pf-r thai destroys crops over a vast i;>.r-f>,i and. if so" how they might b» If'-naiii such a disaster would oc- iciir. It would be just as logical for the manufacturer of automobiles tr> build twice as many cars as his market demands and" expect a tornado. tornado. train wreck or other disaster to destroy two-thirds of them so that what buyers there are would j pay a high price. In fact, it would ! hf more logical from the manti- j facturer's standpoint because in | that rn?e he would ill have some, j income from current operation?. ! Farmers in the drouth area niay j have r.one I "Here Comes the Navy," smashing smashing drama of Uncle Sam's jack- tars afloat, ashore and in the air, in to SISTER BY MARY E. DA\5UE NBA Service Staff Writer I N hot weather when appetites are inclined to (alter and both young and old become listless about food, homemakers should see to it that each dish tempts by its perfection and furnishes distinct distinct food value. Simple puddings are fine for, summer desserts partly partly because they may be made early in the moraing and chilled until wanted, thus achieving leisure hours tor the.tired, hot cook later in the day. Peach Custard Meringue Two cups milk, 3 eggs, 1-2 cup granulated sugar, few grains salt, 1 cup sliced peaches. 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1-4 teaspoon vanilla. vanilla. Scald milk in top of double The owner of a large grain ne?s in St. Taul asserts thft the AAA is unsound, declares it makes the country succept.ible to drouth and that a recurrence of drouth next year would compel us to import import grain. He might better have said that the drouth is unsound. At least it is unsound to depend upon it for adjustment of production. Nothing llkp tills ever occurred before, in run- nat'rn; 1 ! !•' inry and 1s not apt tn (Vf-ni - -. • <<f If-t n"' for nuuiy j'ar.;. On Hie oilier hand. boiler. Beat yolks of eggs with granulated sugar and salt. Slowly add hot milk, stirring constantly. Be sure sugar is thoroughly dissolved. dissolved. Return to double boiler and cook over hot water until mixture thickens. Remove at once from heat and cool. Chill lor several several hours and then add peaches. Arrange in individual glasses or one large serving dish and top with meringue made as follows: Beat whites of eggs until stiff and dry. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Prepare a wide shallow pan of boiling water and drop the meringue by spoonfuls on the water. water. Put into a hot oven long enough to slightly color the meringues. meringues. Skim from the water and place on the peach custard. Chill thoroughly and serve. Pcnch Bavarian Ten very ripe peaches. 3-4 cup sugar, 2 1-2 cups cream. 1 1-2 tablespoons sranulatcd gelatine, volks of 3 epgs, few Drains salt. ulce 1 orange. Peel nrnch od combine- Ma>sh to » p'Up ii susar. Softm it in 3

Clipped from Ames Daily Tribune09 Aug 1934, ThuPage 2

Ames Daily Tribune (Ames, Iowa)09 Aug 1934, ThuPage 2
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