The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 16, 1976 · Page 10
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 10

Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 16, 1976
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December 16, 1976 PACiE Hi HAYS DAILY NEWS Options For Maintaining Kansas Irrigation Enterprise Limited (Editors note: If westerri Kansas runs out of water and resupply efforts do not materialize, the economic ramifications could affect all Kansans and the nation. Final In a series.) By MARTHA MANGEl^SDORF TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — There is no question the individual, federal, state and local governments share in the wealth created by an irrigated agriculture, but water resource officials say there are only about a half dozen options for maintaining the Kansas irrigation enterprise if water runs out. Kansas has ranked No. 1 in wheat production, No. 2 in total cropland under cultivation and No. 3 in total farm acreage in the nation. In 1974, the state ranked fourth in total agricultural exports, with a total dollar value of over $1.6 billion. Kansas exports about 67 per cent of its wheat, 50 per cent of its soybeans and 25 per cent of its grain sorghum and corn. A total 10 per cent of Kansas' cropland is irrigated and it produces more than 25 per cent of the state's annual crop yield. "Crops produced on irrigated land in Kansas play a significant role in the total food production of this country, the food exports of this country and the balance of payments of this nation," said Robert Robel, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Energy and Natural Resources. "If it had not been for the extra exports of agricultural products in 1974, the dramatic decline in exports of nonagricultural products would have resulted in a negative balance of payments for this country," Robel said. The energy expert said, instead, exports of agricultural products, many of which were grown on irrigated lands, more than offset the reduction in exports of non-agricultural products, giving the United States an overall trade surplus of $2.8 billion. Robel said 1972-74 production figures from irrigated and nonirrigated lands in western Kansas show dryland acres produce about 22.6 bushels of wheat, 58.2 bushels of sorghum and 37 bushels of corn an acre. That compares to 48.3 bushels per adre of wheat produced on irrigated land, 84.3 bushels of sorghum and 101.7 bushels of corn. "It is apparent," Robel said, "that proper, uninterrupted irrigation is necessary to sustain the food production which is so important to this nation." Studies show irrigation has increased farmers' gross incomes from $33 to $138 or more per acre-foot of water used. Based on current agricultural prices, water research officials believe an irrigator might be willing to pay only $30-$50 per acre-foot annually for a source of water supply if his were exhausted. But preliminary studies report the costs of transporting water to a dry area could range from $40 to $400 for delivered water and other recharge possibilities appear equally costly. Experiments are underway to develop genetic strains of grain crops which consume less water. But in the interim, James Power Jr., executive director of the Kansas Water Resources Board says water management districts and individual irrigators must try to increase water use efficiency to extend the life of the water supply. A southwest Kansas irrigator, Rep. Keith Farrar, R-Hugoton, said irrigators are improving their efficiency as fast as possible, partially because the price of natural gas to pump deeper for water and longer is doubling and tripling. Farrar said one member of the Southwest Irrigation As- sociation saw his gas bill increase from $18,000 last year to $36,000,. this year. Farrar said he has increased the efficiency of his own 460-acre irrigation operation by 30 per cent. "Irrigators are going to have to .start making some hard choices too," Farrar said. "Like whether it's going to be feasible to continue rasing corn or alfalfa. Farmers Initiate Commodity Councils Area members of the Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) met in Hays Tuesday to initiate KFU's new commodity council program. KFU is forming commodity 'councils for wheat, feed grains, livestock and dairy products to help producers take action to resolve the problems connected with the different commodities. Meetings were also conducted at Pratt, Chanute and Manhattan. Area KFU members discussed possible action in the commodities program after hearing about available options in building a new marketing a bargaining strategy from Robert G. Lewis, economist and national secretary of the Farmers Union, Washington, D.C. According to KFU President Dale Lyon, the commodity councils are designed to bring together producers to study significant factors affecting the commodities they represent. Tis the C.C. Season! Time for that spirited holiday cheer that C.C. is famous for. And now, for the holiday season, C.C. comes beautifully gift- wrapped at no extra charge. „ MltA¥ B4l ,,, ..voirin «.<* T HIS WHISKY IS 6 YEARS 010 W8 U.S. PROOf The Best In The House" in 87 lands. Nude Living Terry Parker, manager of a North Austin apartment In Texas checks the security gate and signs outside the building. Parker manages one 18-unlt complex that encourages nude llvlrfg and will soon take over another of 70 units. (UPI Photo) . -t Texas Apartments Go Nude AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI) — Clothes. Residents of the 18- unit Canyon Villa Apartments can take them or leave them. Most leave them. •And in February, clothing will become optional at the 78- unit Manor, Villa, another complex owned by the same operators. Residents are able to take dirty clothes into the laundry room, load them into a washer, then shed the clothes they -are wearing and wash them, too. Or enter the complex after a hard day's work, shedding clothes as they go up the small hill to the swimming pool, and dive into the water — naked. Terry Parker, 32, opened the nude-living Canyon Villa complex in June. It was half occupied and losing money, but six months after it dropped its drawers and locked the gate, the complex is full. Parker says he hopes clothing-optional will spread to whole subdivisions of individual homes. He sees clothing optional as a personal freedom. "It allows people to be friendlier," he said. "Everybody has been conditioned so heavily that they can't imagine life without it." The concept has worked well in the small Canyon Villa complex, Parker said, and there have been no disturbances. ,. "In the first few weejfs, neighborhood kids tried to peek in through the gate, but after the novelty wore off, ,so what?" he said. . .., "Nobody is made to feel uncomfortable, but everybody eventually ends up swimming in the nude." Equality Key To Rural Health Care (Last of a series) By DEAN HINNEN KANSAS CITY (HNS) — University of Kansas Medical School staff and community physicians must become equals if Kansas is to solve her rural health care problems, according to two experts on community health. Under an ideal health care situation "education would blend with service so that those who learn in the system would also provide the services," according to Drs. Joseph G. Hollowell and Edward C. Defoe. The ultimate goal of such a system would be to provide rural Kansans with health care that is comparable to that enjoyed by their urban counterparts. But the state is a long way from that goal, the community health experts wrote in an article in "Dialogue," a magazine published by. the University of Kansas. "In recent years there has been increasing separation between education institutions and society. The result can be seen in the disturbed health of society, communities, professionals and institutions. "In Kansas the symptoms include ... the im- personalization of institutional care for patients, feelings by some that the University of Kansas Medical Center does not care about the health of the people, and suspicion of medical educators by doctors in the state and concern about what Roes on at the Medical Center by others. Rural communities cry out for more physicians, while physicians cluster more and more in urban groups," Hollowell and Defoe wrote. One way out of the morass is elimination of the traditional roles of the community physician and the research- oriented medical school staff, they say. An ideal system, according to Defoe and Hollowell, would recognize the educational and research potential of community physicians. "Ideas emerging from those individuals practicing in primary care settings, in intimate contact with patients, or in remote health care delivery settings, could have the same impact as those ideas emanating from large medical centers," they wrote. " An aid to breaking down the barriers between the medical center and community physcians may be the furtherance of the stat|'s preceptorship program. Through that program, where KU medical school students are sent into the fi*ld to work with practicing physicians, community doctors and their medical center counterparts are beginning to get together. Since 1973, the prece'p- torship program has 'been geared toward a regional concept instead of single physician preceptorships. The result, Defoe and Hollowell say, has been better communications between the Wo groups of medical specialists through workshops and study groups that are part of ftie program. '' The resulting dialogue can help both groups. '•_* "Improved functioning ''-of community physicians should result as the resources of the Medical Center become mbte readily available to them, the Medical Center physicians should become increasingly aware of the primary care problems which exist in 4he larger community," they wrote. y> SCHAFER FURNIfURE ; McCracken, Kansas The following prices are good only through December^ 1976 or until we sell all sale items presently in stock. Maple Wood , ROCKERS Eo. $ 39°° " Striped Green, Brown & Gold SWIVEL ROCKERS (is left) Ea. $ 69°° (Some Swivel Rockers Priced At $79.00) | ALL SOFAS 35 to 50% Off Reg. Price MOST SOFA SLEEPERS.... 50 % off R e g . Price . WALLA WAYS by ,ome ot $ 1 49°° Buy A Sleeper At Half Price And You Can Buy Up To Three Chairs At Cost Within 90 Days. We Make $30-$40. You Save $650.00. MERRY CHRISTMAS OPEN DAILY-Sundays ft Mondays 12:00-5:00, Tues>Sat. 8-5 GOOD QUALITY FURNITURE AT WHOLESALE PRICES

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