Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 30, 1977 · Page 7
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Consumer panel could become 'super brother/ cattlemen told MOD., May 30,1977 CREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 7 II "If you think you have problems now with "Big Brother" in Washington, just imagine what can happen if "Super Brother 1 starts" meddling in every government action that affects your livestock operations." This warning was sounded in Fresno, Calif., last week by C. W. (Dill) McMillan, executive vice president of the American National Cattlemen's Assn., Washington, D.C., as he outlined dangers inherent in legislation to establish an Agency for Consumer Advocacy. He described the proposed ACA as "another needless but dangerous layer of bureaucracy -- a sort of 'Super Brother' who could interfere at will with regulatory actions affecting the livestock business but could be accountable to no one." McMillan's comments on the ACA -- which probably will Producers urge grain additive for gasoline The use of grain or other plant alcohol in a blend with gasoline to reduce the nation's reliance on gasoline was strongly recommended in a testimony by the National Association of Wheat Grower's President Don Howe before the U.S. House of Representatives 1 Subcommittee on Family Farms, Rural Development and "Special Studies. Howe appeared at a hearing of the subcommittee on present and future energy needs of the nation's two million family farmers. Howe, a wheat producer from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, said increasing energy costs have a triple effect on wheat growers. The increased costs of energy mean higher costs for. fertilizer, equipment and other necessary purchases. Increased energy costs result in higher farm operation costs. And increasing energy costs result in higher transportation and marketing costs. Hesaid all of these higher costs must be borne by the producer because with wheat prices established by international competition, none of the added costs can be passed on to buyers. come up for a vite soon after Congress'Memorial Day recess -- were part of a talk on government affairs at the annual California Livestock Symposium. The ANCA official reiterated observations that the consumer advocacy legislation runs counter to the popular desire for less, not more business- crippling bureaucracy, with all of its delays and resulting higher product costs for consumers as well as producers. He also reminded livestock men that the ACA could directly affect their operations -through administrative and court action interference with such things as beef grading, meat Inspection, commodity programs, research, public land grazing, animal drug use, packers and stockyards regulations, taxes, meat imports, freight rates, safety regulations, and more. "The most frightening thing," McMillan said, "is that the ACA would, in effect, be answerable to no one. It would not be dkectly responsible to elected officials like the President or Congress. "The proponents of this bill seem to be saying that our present muUi-billlon-dollar bureaucracy can't define and carry out the public interest, and that Congress is incapable of overseeing our agencies -and that they, therefore, will set up a new agency free of any normal governmental checks and balances. "It is questionable whether the ACA would reflect views other than those held by only a handful of consumerists, even though research has shown that consumer advocates' views of consumer problems often do not agree with those of the general public. Establishment of the ACA would force an autocratic view of 'consumer interest' into e v e r y a d m i n i s t r a t i v e procedure, and it could result in costly legal proceedings every time this agency -- insulated from normal responsibility for its actions -- decided it didn't agree with another agency." McMillan cited one example of the fundamental problem in defining consumer interests. "Does the government's consumer advocate represent the person who feels that antibiotics are safe and wants his beef produced as economically as possible?" he asked. "Or does the government's advocate oppose any use of antibiotics, regardless of safety evidence and resulting costs of beef?" Cattlemen attending the symposium were urged to explain to their congressmen how the ACA would cause more needless red tape and could hamper beef production and marketing -- hurting the best long term interests of the consuming public as well as livestock producers. Wafer beauty in a drought year An airplane seeding contoured and water-filled rice paddies near Sacramento, Calif., presents an impressive picture during this drought year. Visitors to the area are surprised at the presence of so much water in this driest year on record in the area, but it is essential to rice production. fiGRINEWS j Hart, Haskell seek additional manpower for drought cases Ag drugs, chemicals related to consumer demand, FB says WASHINGTON (UPD - -The Farmers Home Administration needs another $306 million to increase staffs at the local level and expand activities in the drought-stricken Western United States, according to Sens. Floyd Haskell and Gary Hart, both D-Colo. "We are courting disaster if additional funds for staff are not approved," said Hart and Haskell in a letter to the Senate subcommittee on agriculture appropriations. "It is not just a question of expanding and improviing programs already being offered," they said, "but a question of ensuring that these programs can be continued at a useful pace." The senators said at least 2,001) new FHA employes would be needed to process a mushroomingnumberof assistance applications from Colorado and other Western states. They said the backlog on farm and housing applications total ed more than 130,000. more than 130,000. Hart also warned the nation's farmers the congressional battleoverincreasedcropprice supports must be continued in the House of Representatives. "There is still a fight ahead, but we've done well so far," Hart said, referring to Senate passage of the agricultural appropriations bill including a 50-cent per bushel increase in 1977 wheat pricesupports. The senator said the House agriculture committee recommended lower price supports than the Senate committee. Irrigations permits getting near Reeb states flatly. "This proposed state permit system may initially be only one permit for a large group of irrigates such as a county or larger, but the permit system is set up so that permits could be issued to any irrigator. Couple this with the fact that -11 irrigation ditches are being committee of the Colorado defined as waters of tte s(at Farmers should be aware that a permit system involving irrigation water pollution control is "closer to home" than previously believed, according to Ray Reeb of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Reeb is a member of a sub- lateral or ditch anywhere in the state." "If the irrigators didn't think they were involved before, they had better realize they are now." State and federal agencies, with the legal right to do so, are involved in the establishment of water pollution control revision of the state water quality standards. A draft proposal of a permit system is to be discussed at a public hearing on June 8. This meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Room 412, Colorado. renewable whereas many other Department of Health Building, an T|, a ] sources of energy now 4210 E. llth Ave., Denver. "Irrigators should be there, ' dischargK into any water U-.IUK.U «j uui.i.1^ ui uiv. JLU..V., programs which may even- NAWG's president said Water Quality Control Commis- subjectto wate r quality regula- tually affect every individual alcohol made from grain and sion currently involved in the tion, and you have the means to other plants and plant residues ---'-·-- -· "-- -·-·- can provide tremendous amounts of energy in the future and on a continuing basis has The farmer's use of agricultural drugs and chemicals is directly related to consumer demands for high quality, uniform products in sufficient quantities to provide low-cost nutritional diets, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) told Congress last week. In a statement presented to a House Agriculture Subcommittee, John Datt, director of AFBF's Washington office, said the normal conduct of dairy, poultry, and beekeeping enterprises requires the use of agricultural chemicals and drugs. "They are vitally important ingredients that yield economic benefits to producers and consumers," he said, adding, "We are concerned with the excessive regulation and public criticism of farmers' use of pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals. All farmers share the concern that farm chemicals must be used responsibly. .This is especially true of beekeepers who are in close proximity to other farmers who must use various pesticides in the production of their commodities," he said. Datt told the hearing that, in spite of the fact that the latest available figures show farmers spent over $1 billion in 1971 in animal health products to improve production, "The Animal Health Institute projects that U.S. livestock and poultry producers still lose some $3 billion annually because of diseases and parasites." And he added: "If the dairy, poultry, arid beekeeping industries are to continue to meet the food and nutrition needs of this country, we recommend that the Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act be modified to permit realistic tolerances based on scientific facts. "In any evaluation of chemicals and drugs, the possible detrimental effects must be considered in relation to the benefits derived. Only through this means can a balance between environmental control and chemical control be effectively attained," he said. Datt pointed out that those agencies of the federal government which, have jurisdiction over the use of farm chemicals should cooperate to make partical determinations of how the utilization of a product on the farm translates into wholesome, safe food substances on grocery store shelves. "Unfortunately," he said, "the various agencies often establish rules and regulations that are based more on political considerations than on scientific data. These considerations directly affect the dairy and poultry industries, especially when the Food and Drug Administration arbitrarily selects tolerance levels for pesticide, drug, and other chemical residues that are far below levels that affect humans or animals." been proven practical by research and demonstration. The plant sources are regularly depended upon are not. Briggsdale FFA members honored Open For Business DAILY HOG MARKET CLOUGHERTY PACKING CO. Bus. Phone 352-2340 Buying Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon. thru Fri. 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