Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 21, 1976 · Page 15
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peon growers aided fry earthquake relief Kj Margartl Bail*) BOISE I/PI _ A new demand on food supply caused by the Guatemalan earthquake promises relief for Idaho dean producers who were left with their crops hanging around their necks" when Mexican farmers produced large crops Harold Brown, chairman of the Idaho Bean Commission in an interview Thursday said he did not have any particulars on arrangements that would be made lo purchase 6.000 tons of colored beans from Idaho farmers (or shipment to (luatemala. The plan to purchase the Idaho beans was announced Wednesday by Idaho congressmen "1 assume this will be colored beans because this is what sells Die best down there." he said. "We don't know when or where or how the purchase will be made or how it will be shipped." He said the purchase "will be a definite benefit to the price of dry beans in Idaho and other areas and it might help bring the cost of beans up lo tiie price of production." The state produced 2.5 million hundred fioumi sacks of colored beans in 1975 which Brown said was a large crop. aboul 20 per cent above the production for the year before. The price of beans is not cheap overall but the colored beans -- pintos. pinks and reds -- are below the cost of producton. He said part of the reason the prices "are depressed a little hit" is the Mexican government put both a ceiling and floor on the price of beans produced in that country last year -- 2-1 cents a pound. -- to increase production. The Mexican government had to import beans two years ago at a price of 50 cents per pound and then sold them to the people for 20 cents per pound. The loss to the government convinced the Mexicans to grow their own "and Ihey got it done and exported some." Last week the net price lo growers was $11-S12 per hun- dredpound sack in the United Stales while farmers in Mexico were getting S24 per hundred pounds delivered. "Needless to say it's hurt our market because a year ago we exported about 1.5 million hundredpounds. mostly pintos, colored beans, and this year we're not exporting any lo Mexico because they have grown their own. What happened. Brown said, was "their Yankee ingenuity" that prompted farmers who never grew beans before planting bean crops in 1975. "We had too many pinto beans and they're still hanging around their necks." Brown assumes the sale to Guatemala is part of the United State's contribution to the earthquake disaster effort "lo get some food down there for the people." "They are going to he in trouble for some time, there's no question aboul it." He could not predict what the purchase might do to the price of beans but surmised that the farmers "are going to want at least lo get the cosl of production." Mercury ban affects farmers The Idaho fteePressTheNews-TribLJne.Saturday, February 21.I976-A-5 Fertilizer supply termed adequate WASHINGTON (UPli - Fertilizer supplies around the world this year will be adequate and farmers will find prices reasonable, the Agriculture Department says. Richard Heidinger. a specialist in the Economic Research Service, said in a report that fertilizer conditions this year will continue the trend which developed in IH7S when demand dropped, prices fell rapidly, and the shortages of 1974 disappear eti. Demand fin 1 nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, he said, probably will remain weak il grain prices fail to recover significantly from (heirlate-1975 slumps. particularly in developing nations which account for two-thirds of the world's nitrogeti imports. Kcidingcr said current world ' supplies of nitrogen fertilizer · still are so close lo potential need levels llial a tight situation '. eould develop if farmer demand suddenly soared. But on - balance, he said, a return to "tight world market conditions" for fertilizer seems unlikely between now and the Ifl8fl-l)l season. World production capacity, particularly for nitrogen and phosphate, will increase substantially over Ihc next few years unless manufacturers cancel some current expansion plans or developing countries scale down their fertilizer factory programs. Heidinger said. The Agriculture speeialisl said the outlook for potash prices is cloudy because of the Saskatchewan government's recently announced decision lo nationalize the province's potash industry. Since the Canadian province dominates (he world potash trade. Ueidinger said, (he decision could mean higher prices to farmers in the United Stales and other countries. Over the past few years. Ili'idinger said poiash has remained "relatively reasonable" in comparison with other fertilizers, liul the Saskatchewan government "appears lo have the power to effectively set potash prices above competitive levels." the economist warned. On the farm front House pushes rural programs Bj llornanl Itrcnncr l.'l'l Karm Kdilnr WASHINGTON lUPI) -- A group of rural House members is preparing to push legislation designed tn force the administration into a more active role in planning for rural economic development, congressional sources report. The pending legislation, drafted by members of the Congressional Kural Caucus, would [nil new teeth into an existing law which requires the secretary of Agriculture lo submit annual reports to Congress on progress in improving the rural economy and on goals for future progress. .Standing alone, the reports would do little to improve economic prospects in rural areas so they can continue recent progress in halting or r-.'versing the flow of people into big cities. Hackers of the legislation, however, believe thai a stronger stand on the annual reports would help lay the groundwork fur concrete ; action on issues like expanding 1cder.il spurs lo new rural in- iduslry and community im; prnvcmenl projects. ' Kural caucus leaders say (hat ! if Agriculture Secretary Earl I,. ; Ruiz is forcer! lo draft timely ;and specific annual develop' mcnl reports including specific : goals, he will he forced to pay · more allenlion lo the problems · involved. Also. Ihey contend. 'Ruiz w-nuld lie given a stronger TWIN KALIS. Idaho (U!]A federal ban imposed on the production of nearly all pesticides containing mercury could mean big problems for Magic Valley farmers. Larry McEllioll. owner and assistant manager of Globe Seed and Feed Company, Twin Kails, said. "Every pound of seed thai we put out in thisarea, in fact all OUT the country, is treated with mercury." The chemical treatment has been (he primary and most successful method of combat- ting "soil borne, seed borne and air borne diseases" in grain crops. Until a comparable substitute is found, he said farmers will have lo pay "five to 10 limes" as modi for a combination of chemicals willt the same disease fighting capabilities or will have In accept treatment with a single chemical that offers less protection for grain crops. The federal ban was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency citing cases of nervous svstem disorders in Japan. Iran and the 1,'niled Stales as evidence that unchecked use of mercurial pesticides pose an unreasonable health hazard. The seed company- is the only seller of the mercury pesticides in a four stale area covering Agriculture hand in persuading other administration officials lo put more emphasis on measures to aid rural areas. Caucus spokesmen indicated they were particularly concerned with the administration's failure so far to spell out specific rural development goals which could be used to measure existing gaps and lo plan future action. In (he past. Agriculture Secretary Karl I.. Butz has merely spelled out existing budget plans for items like housing aid rather than laying out long-term goals against which progress rould be measured, the caucus said. Under the group's proposed new bill. Hul7. would he required each year lo spell out five-year goals for items including "quality of community services, education, crap 1 o y m c n t. e n e r g y . e n v i r o n m e n t a l protection, health, housing, transportation, occupational training, social services, sewage treatment and sewer and water facilities." Also, the bill wmild specifically require Butz lo draft (he goals on the basis of national needs as well as stale and local objective?. Caucus officials said while stale and local needs obviously arc important, "there are some goals that only Ihc federal government can realis- lically recognize because Ihey involve responsibilities and powers Ixjynnrt Inose of the slates.." Idaho. Utah. Montana and individual slates. Colorado. 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