The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 13, 1961 · Page 8
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 13, 1961
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Why Fanming Needs o Real Job Of PubJk Relations -Some Basic Facts On Tlw Real Greatness Of The American Farmer. Ifyou arepTannmg to be around for a -while, say until the century's decades from now, ril be greatly obliged if g^fevor. Will you check on what is being rt ?» f 10 ™* 1 ** year 2000? Wffl vo " kee P an «»e jress and television and give radio a sufficiently atten- r JOTnake sure whether farming and fanners are, finally *rea* credit they have earned? That's what I want to * **% 1<m S *"* Ae American 'public Snally magnfficentiob the tanning peopll of the coun- a0 ^ titmof SOMETHING TO -13O ABOUT IT while you keep an eye and an ear on the situation 0 ^* 311 £° ^° ut S Bearing "we" can do, if ^ on ?? de vou- ^bis "something- is the most &nning; Ks simply "saying a good word for agri- . ft r c^ltim^ying a .anyflung, from keeping lob "- »^ •***. -uuLKWLiy jm^jfr •'•••••j <utmc •* speak *rp at-the right time and place. A lOOK AT THE PICTURE sople make tip less than 10 per cent of the nation's ^ important to know what the other 90 per cent """"' * "'"" as were fanners. They lived on,the contrived their clothing. But £hat were "butchers and bakers and candle_ _ People went to town, leavine a smaller ^d smaller percentage of the population on farms. By 1930 only , ^^J^-*™"^ 1 . 0 * "* were Producers of food and fiber. i-J^ 01 * *2f Jini f !&B prodriction, revolution struck Agriculture, Jspeeo^upjie trekto town. Now only one of each eleven Amert '<K^!i^ a ^?Sr P ro " ucet - ^y 1975, very probably, only one out of twenty, wifl be on the land—nineteen of each twenty in the city! Even now fewer Ithan ten million of us are farmers; more than one tomdred and seventy million of us aren't No reason to wonder at the spread of *he idea of agriculture as a 'decadent industry. '. : SOMETIME^ ONE MHAION TOP FARMERS Sitm^cfl5mans«hair. Watch tiie parade of -statistics testifying *o the oantmumg decline in the number of farms in the United StatesjSorecentiy as 1940 *here were six million—large, small and mjbetween; ^ood, bad and indifferent Now there are fewer than toor mUfion, less than two-thirds as Tnany. And economists assert wemay oneday haveas few as two million farms and one million of them wffl produce 903! of our food and fiber. The citv man hears this small angle of the story, reads of the dwindling number of farmsand concludes, all too frequently, that Uncle Sam is just about out or me farming business. WHAT A STORY! Farming going out of business? Hardly It has assets of ttan l$208 billion. That's billions!,Of this total, $128,200,000,< m farm real estate. Agriculture's gross income in 1960 was' um ttwn^$45,000,000,<X)0. Farmers spend around $40 billion annually Whatever business Mr. Cityman is in, that $40 billion is important ^V A'^n\ii- m ^ ee P m g Ae national economy right side up. tit me S4(l hnllirm ohn»«- »-,.,«„*,. c „„ . . J °^ •"*••* "t". are spent in producing the f , , • — —•'ing- Merchants have a keen i or such buying power as that THE ANSWER IS EFFICIENCY farm production in 1960 set a new high record Never ___-> have American farms turned out so vast a harvest That's despite tewer farms and fewer farmers. In fact, in no place on earth m aU history have so few men produced so much. Efficiency' Production per man and per man hour is beyond the comprehensira of anyone a short decade ago. Yet we perU such a record™ accepted as casual, almost commonplace. It isn't —not by a verv long shot But we have not let people know what a spectacularly wonderful record it is. One item: After a very slow sprirm taWGO when another land of men might have despaired of ever eettinw a corn crop in, a total of 82,117,000 acres was harvested. In 1944 we put m 10 milhon acres more but the 1960 crop was 40 per cent bigger than that cribbed 16 years earlier. Efficient production CLEAREST PICTURE OF ALL Consumers can understand the relative low cost of the "food market basket —the governments estimate of the food needs of a family of five for a month. You can figure that out in terms of your own househbloTHave alook at this: Back in 1920, forty years ago, the average factory worker suent the earnings from 120 hours for food for his family for a month. By 1930 he had to put in only 91 hours to pay for a month's food *&£? f °° d W3S reaU 7 low in ^ ™ ^aiSrf woSSf v^ 56 r^e/wages from only 571iou«. ^ wonderful. You'll go a long way trying to find another country where foodconsiimers lave* so^od years have made the food picture even brighter for everyone who eats! Government data fofl^ this extraordinary fact: The average city worker now W ° rld doeS food «** terms £ Messed OUr houset °P s -we wiU rise up and call public consciousness to a realization of the cJunhSS good for" FA -• oome, f, the businessmen who serve and help him the rest of us whose future is in Rural America LeS ALL of speak up for Agriculture, anywhere, anytime There the Im l ' ™ PreSS a ? dradio "»d television, that . . »about the author Many of you have known Lloyd Burlingham over the years as a farm news commentator and wfll need no introduction to the wnter of this article. You will recognize the sincerity the good common sense, the easy prose style and the great love for agriculture which characterize this man. For those not as well acquainted, here are a few tacts about him. His appearance is shown by the pKture at the right In spite of long hours and hard work in radio and TV, Lloyd bears his years lightly. He has always maintained an essential humanity and sense of Humor which have sustained him well Farm raised in Linn County. Iowa, he at- ShSrvJ^w 1 " 1 ? CoBegB ^ d Urive^ty of Missouri. He has operated farms (stiU does), written for and published farm mag- _^ e j : J na naged the National Dairy Exposi-bonrbroadcast: for many years orteh^F of many of 4e biggest names in agriculture. Probably no one in this country is betbS qualified to speak up for the farmer

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