CHEELEY (Coto.) TRIBUNE M...I. ,, Survey shows food shoppers faced lower prices last month Hv InitlGE* rvviv r i i . . . '" _ ^ By LOUISE COOK Associated Press Writer Supermarket shoppers got a break on prices during February, but the declines failed to offset months and months of steady increases over the last three years, an Associated Press marketbaskel survey shows. The AP drew up a random list of 15 commonly purchased food and nonfood items, check- only increase - 2.2 per cent - with those three years earlier ed the price at one super- was at the checklist store in the AP found the bill was up at market in each of 13 cities on Seattle. During January, the the checklist store in every March 1, 1973 and has rech- marketbasket bill declined at city, with an average increase ecked on or about the start of the checklist store in 10 cities, of 29 per cent each succeeding month. -The marketbasket totals have declined from levels of a year ago, but prices remain considerably higher than they were at the start of the survey. Comparing marketbasket totals at the start of March 1976 Among the highlights of the latest survey: --The marketbasket bill at the checklist store declined during February in 12 cities, down an average of 2.7 per cent. The due to declining dairy prices. Butter and egg costs rose steadily during late 1979, but the trend was reversed In LYNN HEINZE, Editor The increases hit hardest during 1973 and 1974, then eased last year as sugar prices Â·' anuar y- declined. The AP found the The price of a pound of but- marketbasket total at the ter decreased at the hecklist checklist store decreased dur- store in nine cities during ing the last 12 months in 11 January and in eight elites dur- citi *- ing February. Medium eggs de- Trying to figure out what will happen In the year ahead is difficult, even for the experts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which reported that food prices rose 8.5 per cent in 1975 and 14.5 per cent in each of the preceding two years, says last year's large grain harvests should keep increases Muce cnwolale ' dined at the checklist (tore in to about 1 per cent In each of the peanut butter, laundry deter- lanuary and 11 first two quarter* this year. g en t, fabric softener, Food price Inflation in the second part of the year depends in part on the size of crops -particularly corn used to feed livestock. The items on the AP checklist were: chopped chuck, center cut pork chops, frozen orange juice concentrate, coffee, paper towels, butter, Grade-A medium white eggs, creamy The cities checked were: Albuquerque, N.M., Atlanta, On., Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Y o r k , P h i l a d e l p h i a . Providence, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Plains drought continues as major ag trouble spot Study committee named to consider WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Great Plains area of the United States continues to be a major agricultural trouble, spot because drought threatens sharp cuts in wheat production, the Agriculture Department said today. Officials of the department's Foreign Agricultural Service also said in a weekly "World Weather Watch" roundup that parts -of the Soviet Union's winter wheat areas were -- as reported earlier - hit by potentially damaging cold weather in February. Officials last week said the cold may have done more than usual damage to the Soviet winter wheat crop, but said it may be offset by replanting and will be softened by the fact that Soviet farmers had planted more acreage than usual before the cold hit. In other areas, the weekly roundup warned that winter rains have been sparse in Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. At the same time, officials said, widespread storms and floods ravaged crop areas in South Africa and Lesotho. On the brighter side, the "World Watch" report noted that adequate winter rains sustained grains in most of the western Mediterranean and benefited grins 'in Pakistan. In southern China, moderate temperatures aided crop development, the, report said, and February rain aided drought- stricken crops in much of northeast Brazil. In a joint statement recently the presidents of the American N a t i o n a l C a t t l e m e n ' s Association and the National Livestock Feeders Association announced the names of five representatives from each organization who have been appointed to a ill-man study committee to evaluate and formulate a plan for consolidation of the two organizations. ANCA president Wray Finney of Ft. Cobb, Okla., said the ANCA members will be Gordon Van VIeck, Plymouth, Calif.; Bill Webster, Greeley, Colo.; Bill Amslein, Clifton, Kan.; Curtis Avery, Pine Mountain, Ga.; and P.H. While, Jr., D y e r s b u r g , T e n n . NLFA president Donald V. Hunter, Centerville, S.D., announced that he had ap- Robert Keyes Aq-dATES Mar. 2-3 Western Chip Potato Seminar, Stouffer's Denver Inn. Mar. 6 Slock Feeders Day, Ault, sponsored by Highland Lions Club. Mar. 9 Weld County Livestock Association annual membership meeting, 6:30 p.m., Community Building, Greeley. Mar. 10 Colorado Wool Growers Meeting, 6 p.m., American Legion, Greeley. Mar. 20 Ashlon 4-H Club- sponsored paper drive, 8 a.m. A p.m., Hillside Mall Shopping Center and K-Mart parking lols. Proceeds support club youth activities. For All Your Insurance Needs Home -- Auto Business-- Life pointed the following members to represent the NLFA: Milton Brown, Mt. Pleasant, Mich; Tom Monier, Walnut, HI.; Charles Phelps, Hastings, la.; Lauren Carlson, Chokio, Minn.; and John Klosterman, David City, Neb. The two presidents said .that Gordon Van Vleck and Milton Brown - immediate past presidents of their respective organizations -- will co-chair the study committee, which is to begin its deliberations at an early date. There will be no public announcements of meetings. The study committee results from favorable actions taken at recent annual membership meetings of both (he ANCA and the NLFA. Both approved a declaration of intent to seriously explore and pursue a Keyes fo head grain dealers Robert L. Keyes, vice president of marketing for Agland, Inc., of Eaton was recently elected president of the Colorado Grain and Feed Association. Keyes began his term in office during the group's 51st annual convention in Denver. Keyes, a resident of Greeley, has served as a director of the association since 1972. Keyes is a member of (he Denver Grain and Feed Club and the Elks Club in Greeley. TM?TMf.,.. Dairymen build own waste disposal system -.s j I.-.L. __,._.-., ENFIEI.D Conn f A P i _ ThoÂ«nnn*,r.,f.Â»~ k..:ui... .i__ __., Â· * consolidation of the two associations, and both adopted a plan of procedure'calling for a study committee to carry out the intent under the general guidelines that were provided. Both Hunter and Finney expressed the hope that the study committee would be successful in the year-long process of formulating a plan for consolidation that will meet with the approval of the respective boards of directors and memberships of both organizations at their annual meetings in February, 1977. ENF1ELD, Conn. (AP) While municipalities spend millions of dollars for waste Ireat- ment plants, two local dairy farmers have built their own system for a moderate sum and keep waste effluent from polluting the Scantic River. The system of lagoons and leeching fields built by Ed and Jack Collins at their Powder Hill Road farm is typical of the movement by many Connecticut farmers to take advantage of federal aid for such projects, according to a slate agriculture official. The 58,000 system built by the Collinses, a father-and-son farming team, depends on two basins which collect both livestock waste and runoff from the milking operation area of their farm. 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