Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 24, 1976 · Page 9
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Tues..Feb.24,1976 GBEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 9 Severe potato shortage spreads over half of Europe iTM^ EGOKYJENSEN Wh ° ° Wns " "orth-of-England overnight. Finland mashes mer- prices took a nosedive. government slapped on a LONDON (UPI)-Thethief «»!. offered his $2,500 speed- rily away, but imports and Naturally farmers planted ceiling price of 11 cents a ^ B ,, ,,,,,.,,.,, TM. lcu .,,.. before the bar of justice had boat " a swap for 71-2 tons of prices in next-door Sweden and fewer spuds in 1»75. Then came pound on potatoes. Two things Potatoes are the only major j^ 50 ."!!!'"""S^ry Precious, s P uds? Denmark are zooming. a hot, dry summer the potatoes happened, and the Judge was stern. Because there's an aching A , in ,, _.,,,, ... ,, hated. Germany's crop, a third One, Belgian growers stopped ·Potatoes mightbecompared hunger for potatoes In half of El T n '" .£LJ?" yBri S ° the Co" 1 TM" Market's selling potatoes in Belgium, with jewelry these days," Europe, that's why. European inese days, Britain is politoeS) wa ,!,,,,, a quartWi Two, they shipped them by the lectured Magistrate Mark Prices are sky-high Common EnBlish housewives are mv Yugoslavia's down by 50 per ton across the border to X. h^offeJeYfV' r arkelmi " iStetS -S'hTr ing^'luT^dTorl cent, Europe's genera,,, by 25 Holland, where prices are potatoes this offense of stealing hands Md some very com- lowly spud. StockVon hand-a P 6 "TM 1 ' hlgher ' Following the law of supply and demand, prices therefore went wild. Government after government tried 'to slap a lid on them. Some results were almost comic. Take Belgium. them has become prevelant. A fine must be imposed to deter people like you.." And he slapped a 100 pound ,,,,,-,. · -- survey of the Great Potato SS ttw 1 *TM Car ""' Faminc Uncovered one note of plicated double shuffling is third of normal - will be gone S° in B on. by April. Grocers say the price A United Press International will be 45 cents a pound by cheer for those who, like the British, de everything. Go east, young then. Potatoes are almost Why on earth would anyone ^"d^"^,^ « '" ^"^^ "* y want to steal potatoes? mprvihiTM T .IT ..*'"! and Yugoslavia and even worse in Denmark, the UPI survey showed. Only government sub- oniH hniunn »t j-" . t ' , ~ ··"-·- · ··» F"«»iw piuwiciu in sidles, price ceilings and extra S?*H · ·,'· g , n ' gh " y Poland or Russia ' in Ita 'y ° r im P° rts h^e peeled the price SH" d ,.?l t ?' S . gUn a " d Prince ' Gre « e ."" A «sW a and Switzer- in Belgium, Sweden and Por- land. Why is Dennis Bradley, who raan ' 80 east. Or south, normally guards payrolls and There's no potato problem in Holland, meanwhile, merrily shipped its own spuds all over the place -- about 100,000 tons to Sweden, what a Danish official called "very large amounts" to Denmark, 172,500 tons to Britain so far this winter. Finland rushed · into the Belgian friture gap with 147 tons of spuds, though a Finnish his fierce Alsatian, on 200 tons of potatoes in an English farmer's barn? tugal. Spain has fritos in plenty, but The root of the potato potatoes in neighboring Portu- problem grew in 1974. There Why has Norman Higgins, gal doubled in price almost was a great crop that year, so 'Hope they fcnow the reason why,' senator soys Belgium claims to have invented French fries. It serves them with everything. It sells them in paper cups in tiny officil pleaded, "Please don't "friture" shops which sell tell everybody we have nothing else. Thus potatoes loom large in the cost of living index. Trying to keep that index down, the Common Marketbureaucrats, drought. Its potato mountain is area, arc getting potatoes with spotting a vacuum, acted fast, more a molehill, leftovers from only two school meals a week Potatoes are the only major a crop of 46 million tons instead of five. farm crop not covered by a compared with 52 million two They're getting curry and Common Market policy, so they years earlier. rice instead, but according to promptly proposed one -- a So school children in Lincoln- one spokesman, "They seem to Potato Common Market com- shire, England's main potato like the alternatives." pld(«. iui(h ijnpijty nmms for three types of tuber. Ministers tried to scrap import duties on potatoes from North Africa. France and Italy blocked that to boost prices for their early spring crops. But tariffs were lifted on old potatoes from Poland, a world power in potatoes, where Western spud-lovers sought salvation. Poland, however, was hit like everyone else by the 1975 Onorato TV Appliance Sales Service M i l l i k e n , Colo. Phone: 587-4367 J I M . R A Y . PAT A U T H O R I Z E D D E A L E R RCA C O R N I N G W H I R L P O O L LITTON M I C R O W A V E Z E N I T H K I T C H E N A I D SONY HOOVER MAYTAG many potatoes or we'll swamped with requests." Belgium raised its ceiling price. Legislature may be forced fo license applicators DENVER (UPI) - Colorado lawmakers may be forced to place licensing restrictions on state farmers and ranchers who use pesticides, but Sen. Ralph Cole, R-LitUeton, said Monday he hopes they all know the reason why. Cole made the comment during debate by the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Water Committee on legislation setting up procedures for licensing. The Environmental Protection Agency has said all states must have such laws on Ihtii books by October, 1977. Although the committee has debated the bill at length, it took no vole on the measure. Sen. Kenneth Kinnie, H-Julesburg, said he would ask for a vote Thursday when Senate President Fred Anderson, R- Loveland, sponsor of the measure, is present. Kinnie is among those up- posed to the bill. He wants the state to refuse to act on the federal requirement and to take the fight to the courts if necessary. "There's a considerable segment of the agriculture industry that believes we don't have any choice but lo act," Cole said. "And there is a considerable segment that feels if we do act, we're caving in." LYNN HEINZE, Editor Disaster program eligibility requirements told Recent high winds and estimates that as much as 40,000 acres of (he county's wheat crop may have already been damaged have brought 1976 disaster program reminders from the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee. According lo the committee, farms with wheat and feed grain allotments can be eligible for disaster payments to help offset crop losses due to natural disaster or other causes that are beyond the control of the operator. The committee said a recognized loss occurs when failure to plant or produce a normal crop on a wheat or feed grain farm is documented as due to: --· Abnormal weather conditions such as drought, flood, excessive r a i n , hail, unseasonable frost, high winds or other similar conditions. -- Crop damage or deal, rue lion due tuaevbre inject infestations or plant disease (the record must show that the producer carried out control measures normally acceptable for the area, the committee said). -- Q u a r a n t i n e which prevented planting. -- Crop damage or destruction due to d r i f t i n g herbicide, providing that the herbicide was not applied by the producer or by any person under his control. --Crop damage or destruction due to livestock not under the control of the producer on the farm or by game animals, if the producer has made reasonable efforts to keep crops fenced or otherwise protected. -- Other conditions beyond the control of the producer. County ASCS executive director Arnold Germann advised farmers to come into the county office in Greeley at any time they have suffered losses under any of these conditions. He also reminded the producers that they must file disaster applications prior to destroying the affected crop acreage in order to be eligible for possible disaster payment. Germann said the growers would be required to certify accurate total crop acreages and affected areas and identify and plot those acreages on an serial photo. H the exact acreage is unknown, measurement services are available from the county office at the producer's request, Germann said. Any grower in the county wanting more information on the program can contact the Weld County ASCS office, located at 2013 9th St., Greeley, or call 353-6264. 'Baby beef packers now seek grade injunction DALLAS (UPI) - A judge has ruled he will hear a dispute between "baby beet" packers and the Department of Agriculture, and if necessary won't hesitate to dissolve new grading standards. U.S. District Judge Patrick Higginbotham said Monday his court would accept jurisdiction in (lie case, even though he knew little about how beef was graded. "Draped in robes and augustly clothed in power as he may be, the plain fact is this court is just a man who only a few hours ago knew less about meat grades than his wife who make: the family purchases," Higginbotham said. "It will know before this case ends." In accepting the case, Higginbotham said the standards could go into effect but warned the Department of Agriculture it should present a strong case showing the standards to be fair. "The Department of Agriculture should take heed," Higginbotham said. "This court will resolve these questions (of fairness) as it studies this record. "It will not hesitate to act strongly, if with the fullness of time it finds...the department to have been out of bounds." While rejecting the packers' plea for a temporary injunction, Higginbotham did rule in favor of the packing houses in some instances. He rejected the USDA claim his court did not March 1 is filing deadline for 1975 farm tax returns Farmers who did not file a declaration of estimated federal income tax by Jan. 15 must file their itf?5 tax returns and pay all lax due by March 1, according to the Internal Revenue Service. According to the IKS, farmers are defined as those persons who earned at least two-thirds of their 1975 gross income from farming. Additional information is available from the IRS and in two publications. "Farmer's Tax Guide," and "Tax Witholding and Declaration of Estimated Tax," which are available free of charge. Senate committee passes changing food stamp program have jurisdiction and said the USDA may not have considered the Southwest "baby beef" industry in adopting the new standards. He said the packing houses did not adequately support their contention that the new regulations were "capricious," but enough doubt remained to warrant a trial. He admitted he knew little about the industry. Dallas attorney Stephen Hoi- ley, representing the 13 packing plants located in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, said the regulations were a result of "first cousin politics" between the Ford administration and the big ranches and feedlots which produce heavy, mature beef. The new regulations raise the qualifications for "baby beef" -- up to 30 months old -- to be graded "good" instead of "standard", and lower the qualifications for mature, heavy beef to be graded either "good," "choice" or "prime." JOHNSTOWN FEED SEED Phone: 507-4481 Place your order early for Small Grains and Pinto Beans Ask about Fielder Wheat! We have an approved Certified Seed PJaul Let us do your Custom Cleaning By CHERYL ARVIDSON WASHINGTON (UPI)-The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved a compromise food stamp reform program which supporters said would bar aid lo persons above the poverty level and cut federal spending by about $30(1 million. Welfare experts said the measure might remove from the food stamp rolls up to 4 million of the present 18.9 million stamp recipients. The bill, however, faced stiff challenges both from liberals, who claimed it would hurt the needy, and from conservatives, who said it would not cut deeply enough into the cost of the S5.G billion program. The bill would authorize stamps only for families with net incomes at or below the official government poverty line, which is now $5,050 a year for a family of four and is expected to go to $5,500 in April. Key provisions of the bill were approved by an 8-6 vote after the committee had deadlocked 7-7 on a liberal-backed compromise. Later, the panel voted 10 to 4 to send the final package to the Senate floor. The measure would calculate net income by starling with family gross income and subtracting income and Social Security taxes and an additional $100 a month standard deduction. Congressional aides said this means that gross income limits for a working family of four would be about $7,800 a year. For welfare families war-would not have the advantage of the income tax deduction, the ceiling would be $6,700 annual- FOX FORAGE HARVESTER CASE AND ALLIS-CHALMERS TRACTORS Sales Service Whatever choice is taken. Cole said, is the result of Congress passing a law and forcing state legislators "to do the dirty deed." Cole said he hoped voters would realize in November who was responsible and would do something about it. 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