1976 South Dakota Priorities - TMalmay
Abourezk outlines hopes for farm legislation Senator James Abourezk reports he is now in the process of drafting legislation in three areas critical to the future of South Dakota — agriculture, disaster relief and water resource development. "While I have some ideas about what I'd like to see done in these areas, I am relying on the people of South Dakota to give me their opinions and ideas before I actually introduce the legislation as soon as Congress reconvenes in January," said Abourezk. "That's why my staff and I are conducting meetings throughout the state during November, December and January to get the input of South Dakotans. The first meetings, dealing with farm legislation, are set for later this month and early December." Abourezk explained, "The current farm bill is up next year, so now is the time to be thinking of improvements we need to incorporate in the new bill. The following are some of my suggestions for farm legislation. Here again, they are only suggestions and I want the people of South Dakota, the people who will have to live with the results of the legislation, to give me their ideas and comments — either by attending one ol the upcoming meetings or by writing a letter to my Washington office." Target prices at 90 percent of parity, adjusted annually Target prices should be established at 00 percent of parity and adjusted yearly for each commodity. The target price should represent the average cost of crop production and also should take into consideration land quality, location and value. Milk supports should also be set at 90 percent of parity and updated on a quarterly basis. Loan rates at 20 percent below target prices Non-recourse loan rates should be established on basic commodities at 20 percent below the target price of each commodity. There also should be long-term loans for storage facilities to encourage on-farm storage and the orderly management by farmers of commodity carry-overs. Allotment system should be replaced The present allotment system should be eliminated and be replaced with a system that accurately represents current cropping patterns on existing farms. The allotment system should be replaced by a system of national commodity goals, which would be set at least 60 days before planting by the Secretary of Agriculture and updated annually as part of a national food policy. Ample Food Reserve Program To protect consumers against food and fiber shortages and skyrocketing prices, and to protect farmers from surpluses, an ample reserve of storable commodities should be established. This reserve should be under farmer ownership and farmer control. Sliding tariff on meat imports The Meat Import Quota Act of 1964 should be amended to provide for a sliding tariff which would be high when domestic production is high and low when domestic production is low. No nation should be allowed to skirt restrictions through free trade zones.