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*"""< ^* lB^ ^B ^Rb, ^W wPr Mi Energy may soften export demand AMD SecG&t •niniiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiH Extension Calender Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Jan. Jan. 23 26-27 Jan. 28 Jan. Jan. 29 30 Jan. 31 Menswear Knits ^lass, Livermore Lutheran Church, 2 • 4 p.m.; New Leaders Meeting, Extension Meeting Room, 1:30 p.m.; Top Notchers 4-H Club Meeting, Extension Meeting Room, 7 p.m. Extension Council Meeting, extension meeting room, 1:30 p.m.; Horse Project Meeting, extension meeting room, 7:30 p.m. Area Beef School, Carroll; Menswear Knits, Renwick Savings Bank, 1:30 • 3:30 p.m. C & W 4f-H Club Camp, Madrid; Farm and Home Couples Meeting, extension meeting room, 9 a.m. ,- 4 p.m.; Home Economics Committee Training Workshop, Ames. Candy Making Workshop, extension meeting room, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sheep Management Meeting, Webster County Ag Center, Port Dodge, 10 a.m. • 3:15 p.m.; Washington, D.C. Shortcourse Meeting, extension meeting room, 7:30 p.m. Swine Management and Health Meeting, Val's Cafe, Dakota City, 10 a.m. • 3:15 p.m. Beef Nutrition and Management Meeting, Carroll; Menswear Knit Class, Renwick Savings Bank, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 4-H Club Officer Training, First National Social Center, 7:15 p.m. Fertilizer For Profit Meeting, 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Humboldt. Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllil At Home with Mary Jo by Mary Jo Thompsen Extension Home Economist Mens Knit Classes are beginning now. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 21, in Livermore. Call Mrs. John Larson, Livermore, or the Extension Office for additional information. Afternoon and evening sessions .begin at Humboldt, Feb. 5. 'Pre-registration is necessary, since class size is limited. The $5 fee covers cost of printed material and instruction. There are some places left for the Jan. 28 candymaking workshop, also. The all-day session begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues till 4 p.m. Sixteen to 25 pounds of fine gift-type candy will be made for sampling and taking home by participants. The $4.75 fee includes the recipe book. Fee must be prepaid. Do plan to come. Make Valentine Candy for friends and family. Each Wednesday afternoon on "Eve's Kitchen" are specials on sewing. Martha Jacobson, Extension Home Economist of Webster County, has many things that will be helpful. Sewing bulletins are available from the Extension Office and "Alter Your Pattern", is presently on. Soon, Sewing Tips on Knits, will be the topic. Tune in for sewing help. The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers who may have two products—Aprikern and Bee- Seventeen—to destroy these drugs. Both products are distributed nationally, usually found in health stores, and sold as special dietary supplements. The products are made from apricot kernels and may contain potentially dangerous levels of a form of cyanide. A bill to to prevent distribution of soft drinks in disposable cans and bottles will be presented in this session of the Iowa legislature. The bill is being proposed to help end littering and save resources used in making the disposable containers. Recent recalls of canned nushrooms have made some customers afraid to buy any mushrooms at all. But the federal Food and Drug Administration explains no fresh or frozen mushroom products were involved—for the dangerous toxin cannot live in them. For additional protection, the FDA advises consumers to check cans of mushrooms—or any other food products—before eating the contents. If cans are swollen or leaking, they may be contaminated. The posting or advertising of prescription drugs will hive to state all charges to the customer, if a new federal Food and Drug proposal is accepted. Among those charges which would have to appear are the drug cost, professional fees charged by the pharmacist and handling or mailing costs, if any. Consumers are asked what they think about this proposal. Comments can be sent to Hearing Clerk, Health, Education and Welfare, Room 6-88, Parklawn Bldg., 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md., 20852, by the end of January. Any toy can be unsafe, if given to a child that isn't ' ready for its intended use or a child that is too young. •" Age five'appears 1 tO be the most vunerable single year for boys and girls to receive toy or play injuries. A child's safety depends, not only on the types of toys selected, but on the way they are maintained and the amount of safety training a child receives with the toys. Explain toy instructions to children. Write out simplified instructions or draw pictures, if necessary, to help them understand. Remember that younger brothers and sisters may have access to toys intended for older children. Soybean prices strengthened moderately during the flttt few weeki of January doe td the failure 6f two trade expectations to materialize, says Bob Wisner. The fswa State University (1SU) extension economist believes the higher prices could be followed by a slight decline in the spring. He adds that energy problems may soften the demand for soybeans after late summer due to slower economic growth in Europe and Japan. There seem to be two main factors behind the recent price strength that pushed central Iowa cash prices to around $5.90 per bushel at mid-month, Wisner said. "Most important is that the grain trade had expected a sharp pickup in farmer sales of soybeans after the old tax year ended. So far the increased farmer selling hasn't shown up and this has strengthened the market," he said. The other factor is that processors have narrowed their margins by bidding more competitively for soybeans, ' the economist explained. "Gross margins based on central Illinois cash prices widened to over $1.60 per bushel in December as processors feared running short of fuel or solven for crushing soybeans. In the last few weeks, concern over fuel shortages in the processing industry has eased, encouraging crushers to bid more aggressively for soybeans," he said. Another influence on soybean prices has been the rising value of the U.S. dollar on world money markets. The extension specialist noted that overseas feed manufacturers apparently expect the recent strength in the dollar to continue for several months, therefore they are buying future soybean 'needs now to avoid higher prices later. Wisner believes this flurry of additional buying may be only temporary. "If we look down the road six months or so, overseas buyers will see larger increases in their prices than in our domestic market because of the stronger dollar." He adds that recent strength in the dollar has just about wiped out all of the 20 to 25 per cent gain for some foreigners from last year's dollar devaluation. In addition, ocean freight rates have gone up very sharply because of the energy situation. This also pushes up the cost to foreign buyers and could tend to soften export demand starting in the late summer or fall. Wisner noted that the outlook for both feed grains and soybeans beyond late summer is being clouded by energy shortages, sharply higher foreign crude oil prices and possible business recessions abroad. Japan, the United States' leading foreign market for these products, is most vulnerable to the energy situation since it . imports nearly all of its petroleum. Western Europe is also affected, but to a lesser degree than Japan. "Increased unemployment and smaller growth in incomes or some decline in real income in these areas would cause overseas consumers to eat a little less meat," the ISU economist said. Such a situation could soften export demand for U.S. corn and soybean meal. Wisner concludes the sharply higher foreign oil prices could cause slower long-term growth in export demand for U.S. farm products than we've seen in the last year. Satorday, Jan. blrthdaylll Three Hansen family members celebrated birthdays Jan. 15. At center is Fred Hansen who celebrated his 78th birthday. At right is Hansen's first grandson, Leslie Fevold, Badger, who was celebrating his 26th birthday. At left is Jennifer Fevold, Hansen's first great-grandchild and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Fevold, who was celebrating her second birthday, which also falls on Jan. 15. A family dinner was held in their honor Tuesday evening in the Ervin Fevold home. ISU gives buying tips Variety and quality are the two primary considerations when you buy seed for planting, according to Norman Moklestad, Humboldt County Extension Director. Before shopping for seed, decide on the variety you intend to plant. If you are not certain of the variety to use, help is available at the Humboldt County Extension Office. The county extension service has variety performance information on major crops grown in Iowa: corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, sor- ghums, barley and forages. Iowa State University (ISU) tests varieties of these crops and reports the results, which are available to anyone for the asking. After deciding on a variety, obtain the best quality seed available of that variety, advises Leroy Everson, head of the ISU Seed Testing Laboratory. To do this, check label information at the seed supplier. Seed should have a high pure seed percentage, be free' of noxious weed seeds and be high in germination. Remember, the Iowa Seed Law is a truth-in-labeling law. Even seed with zero germination can be sold if it is honestly labeled. Seed may be purchased from a neighbor if desired. Unfortunately, Everson said, farmers often accept their neighbor's seed without questioning quality or asking about label information., A buyer should expect to obtain the same information from a neighbor as he obtains from a seedsman. The seed should be tested, labeled properly, and be of a desired variety. It should be high in purity, germination, and free of noxious weed seeds. Persons buying soybean seed for planting this year should be careful to avoid low germinating seed. Much of Iowa received excessive rain at the beginning of the harvest season in 1973. As a result, some seed lots were infected with pod and stem blight and are low in germination. For some varieties that have been recently released and 'are in limited supply, it may be necessary to accept seed somewhat lower in germination than usual. Changing to another good variety is better than buying low germinating seed of your favorite variety, Everson said. Farm Bureau Women meet in Day home Norway and Beaver Town- ship Farm Bureau Women met Tuesday afternoon in the home of Johanna Day with nine in attendance. Irene Clark was co-hostess. The program was on Farm Bureau. Marian Nelson and Joan Sandven talked of projects for the coming year and told of the activities in which members might take an active part. The need for more students in Farm Bureau families to try for scholarships was told. The hostesses served lunch during a visiting hour. The next meeting will be Feb. 19 with Irene Ropte and Ethel Lee as hostesses. The program will be a health promotion. :*************** Lunch was served by Deb and Denise Smith. Recreation leader's this month we're Deb and Denise Smith. The next meeting will be Feb. 9 at the home of Rose Ann Johnson. . WE AVER FRIENDLY FARMERETTES The Weaver Friendly Farmerettes met Jan, 6 in the home of Emily and Marie Benjamin. Two new members Serena Vote and kristi Joiner were installed. Demonstrations were given by Jean and Sandy Carman and Trudy Heggen. Slides were shown to give a look at the new clothing program. Lunch was served by the hostesses. There were 16 members, one leader and one guest present. The next meeting will be at the home of Jean Carman Feb. 2. RUTLAND LUCKY STARS The Rutland Lucky 4-H Club met Jan. 12 at the First National Center. Record book materials were passed out. After the business meeting, the following demonstrations were given: Jennie Moench, textures of fabric; Shari Olsen, matching; and Deanna Skow, on grooming. After the meeting games were played and lunch was served by Jane Hundertmark. RUTLAND LUCKY STARS JR. The Rutland Lucky Star Juniors meeting was held in First National Social Center. Junior officers were elected including president, Chris Wood; vice-president, Janet Moench; secretary, Carol Jensen; reporter, Vicky Larsen; camera clicker, Nancy Ascherl. There were 11 girls present and lunch was served by Nancy Ascherl. WACOUSTA DO-R-BEST The Wacousta Do-R-Best 4-H Club met Jan. 5. The -tt Hew NORWAY PATRIOTS The Norway Patriots 4-H Club met Jan. 12 in the home of Deb and Denise Smith with eight members, two leaders and one guest present. The meeting was opened by Janella Slaikeu who led the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge. Deb Smith gave a talk and the leaders passed out some club project material and discussion on members giving educational presentations at local level for fair this year. Something New for Formers m m Vffff • XV. li ;•:%•:-:• It Through The Smith Insurance Agency High yield savings rooted in new insurance protection makes the piecemeal approach to insurance protection for your farm obsolete. In just one compact package you gain coverage against wide ranging perils to your home and personal possessions, your outbuildings, machinery and equipment and livestock, and protects you against liability judgments and medical expenses. Because this one policy does the work of many, you can make important savings in premiums. The SMITH INSURANCE AGENCY also writes FARMERS WORKMENS COMPENSATION insurance and can provide you with full information about this coverage, without obligation. m m m II m m Call 333-1071 Humboldt Smith Insurance Agency Warren Smith BillMerris I would advise you to open an account with Northwest federal This fortune lady knows her stuff. Our savings account and savings certificate rates are the highest permissible by law. Schedule of Savings Plans Passbook Savings 3-Month Savings Certificate 12-Month Savings Certificate 24-Month Savings Certificate 36-Month Savings Certificate ANNUAL RATE 5'/4°/0 5%% 6'/4 0 /6 6'/Z% 6%°/o MINIMUM DEPOSIT $ 1.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 EFFECTIVE ANNUAL RATE 5.39% 5.875% 6.398% 6.660% 6.920% Interest on Passbook Savings is compounded daily from date of deposit to date of withdrawal. On Certificates it is compounded quarterly. All Certificates are automatically renewable. Interest checks are mailed monthly if requested on Certificates of $10,000 or more. Safety of your savings is insured up to $20,000 by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. A substantial interest penalty is required for early withdrawals. SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 61 1 FIRST AVENUE NORTH HUM8OLOT, IOWA 50548 Phon* 515 332-1840 pledges fttre let) by Nanty Teltord. TntNi were li members and two gufstft present. Nancy Telford was elected vice president, new recreation chairman is Ciftdy Struthers. Talks and demonstrations were given by Nancy Telford and Julie Waechter, and & special guest speaker, Mrs. Ruth Thorsen. " Lunch was served by Cindy Bakken and her mother. WE9TGROVETTES The January meeting of the West Grovettes 4-H Club was held Jan. 12 in the home of Le Ann Reedy with 13 members present. During the business meeting 4-H basketball and a tentative sledding party on Feb. 2, were discussed. Club programs and material for projects were passed out to the members, and discussion of sending demonstration teams for competition at local level. Talks were given by Lisa Friesth and Angle Friesth while Ann Hart was in charge of recreation. Lunch was served by Le Ann Reedy and Markets GfAln QtratMtoni Jan. 17 Cdftt.. ........... ,... $2,87 Oats ................ .,*•*»»• hef mother. the next meeting W(H be held Feb. S at the hdtne of Ann Hark ' Gilmori City Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gangstad, Gilmore City, returned the middle of the week from Akron where Gangstad was called to attend the Eastern Star open installation meeting Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6. While there they visited in the home of Rev. R. T. Ritzhaupt. They were also dinner guests Monday evening in the W. Young home and Mrs. Gangstad was there Tuesday morning for a birthday party held for one of the senior members of the Baptist Church. Home emergencies is course topic An adult evening course in "Meeting Home Emergencies" for the homemaker is being offered by the Adult and Continuing Education Division of Iowa Central Community College beginning January 24, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for eight Thursday evenings. The course will include such lecture topics as first aid for poisoning, electrocution, drowning, heart attack and stroke. A session will be devoted to resuscitation techniques; however, this course is designed to equip the homemaker to know what to do, and just as important, what not to do, for the sick and injured until medical help can be obtained. The class will be held in Room 7 of the Dodge Building on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. The instructor will be Mrs. Mary Williams, R.N., Humboldt. Pre-registration is necessary and those interested should contact the Adult Education Office at 573-3991. 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