The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on March 9, 1974 · Page 7
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The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa · Page 7

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Our Aim Is To Please! YouVe getting ready for spring planting and we are here to help you! by today and let us help you get ready for the days ahead! Farmers Co-op ^™^"'"^™'""^^^^H^HBHBBHBHBBBBHBBBBBI Planning on a new Building! fee UBC for free estimate. Pioneer use PH. 332-3590, Humboldt Hwy. 169 United Building Center Brood Cow Owners Feed Dofcoy Cattle Cubes 1. Reduce scours in newborh calves 2. Save more calves. 3. Keep cows calving longer. 4. Save OH roughage—as much as 50% less. 5. Wean heavier calves. 6. Start feeding 100-120 days before calving. Dobov Feed Service See us tor your Spring Planting needs • Wo carry a complete line of Chemicals Seeds Feeds Animal Health Products Phono 373*6174 Today! Farmers Co-op Gilmore City <nd *ytot ditto, w eiufchf to ft* Mrvmf dllemmt of erowtrtd »l«vmn blcktd up f«»flhf ttft. A*. Irtd drylftg fffdlltfii by tHlng your Ml dttltt rtew - hl'i ihl "Sfor-Age" Early Order DUcount* Now In Effect You Can Count On Us Moahs Farm Supply Elmer A. Phone 332-4525 Humboldt Office on Hwy. 3 East in Dbboy Feed Service fildg 332-4025 DOboy EViEWft Humboldt Get your chemicals early! * Ramrod * Lasso II *Aatrex *Treflon The above are in good supply now! Farmers Co-op Bradgate RECAST FEATURE FARMER OF THE WEEK 1 *' "< handle a complete line of • * I.H. Farm Tractors & Combines * I.H. Travelalls & Trucks *Gehl Forage Equipment * Schuster Gooseneck Trailers * Brady Humboldt Implement, Inc. David and Lorrie Graaf Two newly weds, David and Lorrie Graaf, have started farming with an advantage known to a minority of Humboldt County's farmers. Graaf has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, in the area of Farm Operations. His education and training will hopefully benefit him through use of specialized techniques. However, Graaf said, "There's too much emphasis placed on education. It can't hurt, though, to know what's going on." Presently Graaf rents 320 acres of rich Iowa soil from his parents, the Raymond Graafs, who also farm southeast of Livermore. He plants 150 acres in corn and the remainder in soybeans. Graaf also has hogs farrowing four times yearly, producing 10 to 15-per litter. Graaf g^ew up in the Livermore afea on his father's farm and is a 1965 graduate of 'Twin Rivte'rs.,' ffigh 'School. Before receiving his degree in Farm Operations; he considered Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine. "Farming seemed like a good business, because of today's high grain prices. The main hassle is that we can't get raw materials, such as fertilizer and feed," Graaf explained. "Contrary to public belief, our profits aren't much more now than two to three years ago when these were available and market prices were lower." Graaf continued saying that livestock farming is tight because of feed and certain mineral shortages. Presently, grain farming is good, he said. Mrs. Graaf, originally from Bode, is the daughter of the Elmer Wendts. She is a Registered Nurse and is employed at Trinity West, Fort Dodge. Mrs. Graaf received her degree from Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines. David and Mrs. Graaf sponsor the Lutheran Youth for Christ (LYC) at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Livermore. Graaf said that teens today are not that much different than a ' few years ago, although"- peer culture "has changed. "Smoking isn't what it used to be.. .it doesn't carry a stigma any more. If there is a problem, it's with alcohol." Graaf thought there's possibly a few drugs around, but mostly it's a farce. Modern, productive farmers are what Humboldt County needs. The Graafs are in the minority as far as a formal farming education, but are joining the majority of supporters of industry and business ,in Humboldt and surrounding area. Need a Helping Hand? We are ready to serve I you with all your farming needs! See us for your chemical, seed, and needs. Farmers Co-op Rolfe Try the feed-win the feeder. Come on in. Help yourself to a free 5-pound bag of Lan 0 Lakes-Felco PIG STARTER-GROWER. Take it home. Try it on your pigs. We're betting they'll go for it whole hog. That's why this offer is made. While you're here, register for the free Rotary Pig Feeder (which dispenses your feed sample). This compact feeder will be given away in a drawing held on April 1, 1974.* Why are we giving away feed and a feeder? To give you positive proof that our Pig Starter-Grower is a good start toward leaner pork/fatter profit. And make no mistake about it, we want you to have fatter profit. After all, you own the store. *No purchase necessary. UMBOUKB o ralee. Formers Co-Operative Assn. We have received truckloads of * Wood Shavings * Steel Panels * Husky Feeders Big Discounts Available! Farmers Co-op livermore FARM NEWS USDA report shows little urban impact Rapid urbanization has had little impact on America's total amount of cropland even though more than 3.5 million cropland acres were lost to urban sprawl in the last 10 years. This seeming paradox is explained in a report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS). The 350,000 acres of cropland lost each year to urbanization represents only about 1/10 of 1 per cent of total U.S. cropland. And for every cropland acre urbanized, U.S. farmers added about three acres of productive new land in other areas through irrigation, drainage, or clearing, according to the report. While urbanization of cropped acres may seem drastic in some areas, ERS researchers conclude that, nationally, it has had little effect on the total supply of cropland. Recent concern over rapid growth of urban areas and its impact on U.S. food-producing acres prompted the study, focusing on "Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas" (SMSA) where much agriculture production takes place despite urban concentrations of 50,000 or more people. Over two- thirds of the U.S. popr ulation live in the 459 counties that were included in the 242 SMSA's studied. SMSA's are growing fast. Over 80 per cent of the U.S. population growth in the 1960's came in SMSA's. There were nearly a third more counties included among the 1970 SMSA's than had been listed in I960. The total urban area in the SMSA's studied increased from 18 million acres in 1960 to 25 million acres in 1970; about half of this increase came from cropland. Much farming is still done in the city's shadow. Even though less than a sixth of U.S. cropland is in SMSA's, they produce more than a fifth of U.S. farm output. Vegetable and fruit production is particularly concentrated near cities. Copies of the report, "•Farming in the City's Shadow,"AER 250, are available on request by telephone: (202) 447-7255. Or send a postcard to Office of Communication, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Please include your zipcode with your full address.

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