The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on January 28, 1963 · Page 18
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 18

Ottawa, Kansas
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Monday, January 28, 1963
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V "Lift thine eyes unto these hills and pray." Conservation Question Box By IRVIN F. ROSS Work Unit Conservationist Throughout the past year the following questions have been asked about the Franklin County Soil Conservation District. Perhaps you, too, at some time or other, have been puzzled by these questions. If so, it is hoped these answers will be of interest to you. Q: What is meant by the term "Soil Conservation District"? A: It is a governmental subdivision of this state, set up to provide the farmers of the County with assistance in conserving their soil and water resources. Q: Who organized the District and how? A: The farmers of the county, by their favorable vote organized the Franklin County Soil Conservation District. Q: How is the District governed? A: By a board of five supervisors. Q: How are they selected? A: Two are.appointed by the State Soil Conservation Committee and three are elected by the farmers of the District. Q: What relation does the Federal government have to the District? A: Various agencies assist the District in carrying out their program. The technicians assigned to the District are employed by the Soil Conservation Service. Q: What relation does the county government have to the District? A: The county provides funds (or hire of a clerk to handle District business and to assist the technicians with their ad- minstrative duties. Q: What type of services are offered by the District? A: The District furnishes technical personnel to assist with planning and applying for a complete soil and water conservation program on each individual farm of the District. FHA Lending At A Record Level Farmers Home Administration lending in 1962 reached the highest level for any 12-month period in the agency's history, Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman has announced. An estimated 7754 million in loans were made by FHA during the year — 50 per cent more than in 1961 and 120 per cent more than in 1960. About 214,000 farm and other rural families used credit from Farmers Home Administration during 1962. This was a 17 per cent increase over the number of borrowers in 1961 and 24 per cent above 1960. Three FHA programs showed substantial increases in dollars loaned during the year. Loans to farmers for purchase, development or enlargement of familv-sized farms increased 135 per cent. The amount of credit extended for construction and improvement of rural homes and other buildings more than doubled. And loans to individuals and small towns and other groups to build on-farm and rural community water systems and finance other water development and conservation measures rose about 90 per cent. The increased volume of loans was a result of 1961 legislation which increased the amount of loan funds and broadened the scope of the agency's activities. "A tremendous need in most of the nation's rural areas today is for money to finance basic capital improvements." Secretary Freeman said. "FHA programs are helping fill this long-standing credit gap. They are financing farm modernization, rural community improvement and new homes construction where private funds simply are not available. "These and similar improvements are a first step toward the accomplishment of the long-term goal of a permanently prosperous and stable rural society," he said. "As Rural Areas Development takes hold in more and more counties, FHA will be called on increasingly to supply this capital, when private sources are not available or cannot meet the demand. Capital is a key factor in a successful local development program," the Secretary added. Water development and soil conservation loans totaling about $15 million went to 840 individuals and 107 associations serving approximately 6,450 people. Watershed loans amounted to $3 million. Repayment by FHA borrowers during 1962 totaled $382 million in principal and interest. This compares with repayments of $327 million last year. About 24,000 borrowers repaid IVir loans in full during fiscal 1962. The Food and Agriculture Act of 1962, signed by President Kennedy is September, added a number of new loan authorizations to the Farmers Home Administration program of supervised credit. Farm operating and ownership loans were broadened to include the financing of recreational enterprises designed to help supplement farmers' incomes. Small owns and associations of farm- rs and other rural residents now may borrow funds to finance 8 THE OTTAWA HERALD Monday, Jan. 28. 1963 We Offer Our Sincere CONGRATULATIONS fo the following families who have excelled in Soil Conservation Work: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hamilton, Route 2, Ottawa Mr. & Mrs. William Rice. Pomona, Kansas Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McMillen, Wellsville, Kansas See Briscoe's For All Your BRISCOE DRUG STORE 9th and S. Main Dial CH 2-4133 A WELL-PLANNED SOIL CONSERVATION PROGRAM PAYS BIG DIVIDENDS! IT PAYS TO KEEP YOUR FARM BUILDINGS IN GOOD REPAIR AND WELL PAINTED Attend the 16th Annual SOIL CONSERVATION MEETING in Ottawa • . . January 24th . . . Memorial Auditorium! OTTAWA LUMBER Company 1516 S. Main BOB McCREA. Mgr. Pho. CH 2-1196 changes in land use, including development of recreational facilities. The 1962 Act also authorized Farmers Home Administration loans and technical assistance to local public agencies for rural renewal. And it broadened the definition of farmers eligible for Farmers Home Administration loans to include those engaged in raising fish under controlled conditions. The Senior Citizens Housing Act of 1962 established a Farmers Home Administration program of loans to individuals, corporations and groups to build rental housing for the elderly in rural areas, and to individuals over 62 to buy, build or renovate housing for themselves. These new authorizations were in addition to a general modernization of Farmers Home Administration existing lending programs brought about by the Agriculture and Housing Acts of 1961. Locally, Rural • Housing loans have taken the biggest upturn. A total of 28 loans were made through the Ottawa FHA office to build new homes, plus several for additions and modernizations. All Farmers Home Administration loans are accompanied by technical advice on farm and financial management. Loans are made only to applicants who are unable to obtain needed credit from conventional lenders. All farming counties are served by 1,497 local FHA offices. ttrsA «>«' "Wvyrc trr> ,«>'•>*-v-*-^ ^: .^r^^-^i?^^^^-- ?- A FEW NOTES, PLEASE - Mrs. Clifford Cravens, Lyndon, Farm Home administration clerk, takes notes from Gordon Nelson, (center), 1046 S. Sycamore, assistant county supervisor, and Paul Archer, 1021 S. Hickory, supervisor. FHA makes loans to farmers and rural residents to buy, en- large and develop farms and farm buildings as well as homes. (Herald Photo) SAVING WATER and SOIL ! is the same as SAVING MONEY! Build a FARM POND Soys... IRVIN ROSS Soil Conservationist for Franklin County WATER for Your STOCK Plus. . . A Place to Fish! Ponds such as this one not only provide excellent sources of water for livestock, but may provide recreation for the farm family and their friends through hunting, fishing, boating and other activities. * SAVING TOP SOIL Through Soil Conservation Practices PAYS BIG DIVIDENDS • • in Crop Production. ••••••••••• Be Sure to Attend the Soil Conservation Meeting Wed., Jan. 30 - Memorial Auditorium SAYING MONEY at Ottawa Savings Is a Good Sound Investment • • • • • • • • • Here's Why "It PAYS 11 to Save with Us! 1. 4 1 4% Dividend. 2. Each account insured to $10,000.00 by the Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corporation. By the use of Trust Accounts an individual may have any amount of funds in Ottawa Savings & Loan and have the entire amount insured by FSLIC. 3. For 74 years requests for withdrawal of savings have been met without notice. 4. Your INSURED savings are not subject to the "ups and downs" of the market. I " 5. Better than average dividends have been paid every year for 74 years. OTTAWA SAVINGS f and LOAN ASSOCIATION t 109 East 2nd Street Dial CH 2-2804 CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA "Your Home Town Savings Center" DIRECTORS F. R. Bennett x Milo M. Hewitt H. J, Henninff Wm. W. Wallace Dean Berlin

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