Ill GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed., April 18,1Â»73 Fruit crops may suffer most th FÂ«IKQ Damage high from severe weather f By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS going to have to wait and see," said Louisiana State University res virtually destroyed the co- Temperatures that dropped. Fruit crops, especially he said. cooperative extension service unty's $3 million. peach crop, as low as-18 degrees at poinUr peaches, seemed to suffer the He said between $0 million agronomist Dr. Thomas Burch. Sen. John Sparkman asked Ag- in Virginia damaged some 2ft most from spring weather that and $8 million in soybeans and "But if it continues to rain, ricullure Secretary Earl Butz per cent of the peach crop and numbed many areas with cotton from last year still we'll have real problems.". to declare the county a disaster 5 to 10 per cent of the state s, record cold spells or drenched hasn't been harvested and "it's The National Weather Service area. apple crop. Dr. Ross Byers of them with record, rainfalls. pretty much gone." bureau in New Orleans issued The Illinois crop reporting the Winchester Fruit Research' Extensiveflooding,especially Thestateuniversityextension an advisory Tuesday saying service estimated 80 to 90 per Laboratory said as a result, in Mississippi, also took its ag- service estimated 100,000 acres soil temperatures were warm- cent of Illinois' $1.38 million an- consumers can expect higher t Possibly the single most addition to, increasing produc- provided the space for it to ricultural toll as farmland was of potential cotton land are un- ing and "chances are fair that nual peach crop will be lost as retail prices lor the two fruits too saturated for planting. der water and noted that cotton by the lime soils are dry well as 50 per cent 'of the this summer. Â· The cooperative extension planting should have begun enough to work up and plant,' state's $6 million annual apple The same was true for sev- service at Mississippi Slate April 19 and ended by May 15. 'they will be warm enough to crop. eral other fruil crops damaged University said Monday, "As of II said only ii5 per cenl of the supporl germinalion and rapid this country " simply do not this communication link. Tfiey problems" the" farm producers" "8 ht now evcrv acre in the cotton land has been readied growth of seedlings." understand the problems of have. But Ihc problem is that have to face. Mosl of the public .state is too wet to plant." for planting. _ To tell it like it is important problem which faces lion. ' ' appear. We did this because it American agriculture is one of I'm not saying that the food was good enough to stand on its communication. producers of this country have own. The majority of the people of not made attempts to establish And that is one of the biggest agriculture, because they have never known anything about it. Less than five per cent of the people of this country live on the communication typically relations materials which come has been fragmentary and on across our desks are not that the defensive. good, or they are so obviously The food producers play an slanted that the typical reaction the farms; while this has made extremely important role in our , s ( 0 f j] e jt under "T." The agri-business corporations should be able to do more possible fantastic advances in economy, in fact it is an ab- other_ industrial areas, the solutely essential role, people who are employed off of But to simply say this means the'farm do not realize this. nothing to anyone off the farm. If this country required as They have to be shown the much farm labor as most of the importance of the role of agriculture. The first step is to tell the story simply and factually. We began printing such' a story Officials in Indiana said the by the cold. Arkansas officials state stood to lose about half of said 50 to 75 per cent of the 1 Temperatures plunged into its ?1 million peach crop, most- strawberry crop grown in ceii- Nearly a half million acres of George Mullendore, cotton the teens in some areas during ly in orchards in the southern tral Arkansas was wiped out Mississippi farmland are under specialist for the service, esti- (he cold snap the second week part of the state. Purdue exten- and Michigan cherry growers water. Ray Converse, agricul- mated there would be between j n April, nipping peach and sion horticulturist Richard A. lost up to one quarter of their Hayden said the ?8-$10 million $22 million crop when the mer- apple crop appeared not as se- cury nosedived to 10 degrees verely damaged. along Lake Michigan 1 . ' Â· other advanced nations of the world, the problem of agricultural communication would be reduced. But because of the technological advancements of the agricultural sector, because of this kind of thing, because most of the newspapers in the densly-populated, non-farm areas have no one on their staffs who understands agriculture. But the responsibility lies with the producers themselves. ture statistician for the state 100,000 and 150,000 fewer acres apple blossoms in the bud. Department of Agriculture and planted this year than last and Officials in Chilton County, Commerce, said one million set the direct loss at over $30 Ala., say record low tempera- acres were covered at one million, point. In Louisiana, three counties Converse said it would be im- are still under water; not much possible to determine just how of it is cotton land, but it in- much of a financial loss is in- volves several hundred thou- volved in state agriculture due sand acres normally planted in to the flooding. soybeans. "We are trying to put some "If it stops raining, we can facts together, but we are just do a lot in the next month," Monday in the Tribune. It's called "The American They know the story better than . . . _ _ = , Farmer" and the third in the anyone else. But they must of the tremendous efficiencies series appears today. We did " nite in some wa y before this and increases in the production not write it. It was pro'vided for tot a' communication is of the. farmer and rancher in our use by a company which is possible. inseparably related to It's across the fence, it's agriculture. The company is possible and it's very Dekalb AgResearch. necessary. It must be done, and This company took the lime the food producers must take and spent the money to the initiative to make it a research and compile it, we've reality. this country, most of the people are off of the farm. The goal of agriculture, perhaps, should be amended to include advances in the communication of the farm story in Rollbacks for 'political hay' By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz f arm says some congressmen favor price rollbacks only because they are trying to appease irate consumers and make "political hay" back home. Butz, in a speech Tuesday, said also that Nixon administration strategy does not call for dismantling all farm programs as charged by some critics. The game plan, however, does include a phase-out -of direct income supplement payments to farmers. The food price resistance of housewives cannot be ignored, Butz told the Newspaper Farm Editors of America, but larger farm production is the adminis- AGRICULTURE per manhour has nearly tripled in the past 20 ' 'ration's answer, not price roll- THE FACE OF CHANGES -- In 1930, there were over 19 years. The industry's demand for more million horses and mules on American farms, capital, better management and the latest Now there are so few that we've stopped technology has spawned a new generation of counting them. Total manhours required in farmers. They are skilled professionals, better farming have decreased from 23 billion in 1930 educated and more informed than ever before, to less than 7 billion today. However, output The American farmer New inputs rep/ace old (Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles on American agriculture. production costs and living lion," which has given new expenses. The Fact Book hope to the struggle to feed the reports, "In 1971, about $12.3 world. Technology is the basis billion of the non - real estate of the revolution brought about Half a century ago, agri- farm debt was owed to mer- by the acceptance of hybrid culture's major inputs were chants, dealers, individuals, corn. If American farmers land and labor. Higher produc- an d other miscellaneous len- returned to non-hybrid seed -lion normally brought higher d ers and creditors. Commercial given current advances in such profits, and the way to higher banks, which supply the most areas as fertilizer and insect 'he strongest urge is survival," production meant putting more non . rea i es t a te credit to far- control -- it would still require 'he secretary said, labor to work on more land. merS| held outstanding loans of 20 million more acres, or ap- Now-, however, land and labor $n.i billion." proximately 29 per cent more backs. Attempts to roll back prices and wages failed in the House Monday. Instead, the House extended for one year the authority for the President to set economic controls. "All the hassle is because there is political hay in imposing controls, in imposing rollbacks that won't work," Butz said. Butz said voters somehow think prices are made in Washington and that Congress can decree how much sirloin steak or other items will cost. "Now I don't think the average member of Congress is so stupid to believe that. Most of them aren't. But in this town Bulz said government farm payments of $4 billion last year islation is needed to allow the phase-out of income supplements paid to growers. Total are both limited and expensive. It's an ironic cycle --credit is acreage, to meet the present were too high and that new leg- And, as suchV'they have been necessary Vf~ the American demand for corn. --Â·-- j--i Â·- -n--. *-overshadowed in importance by f a r m e r j s to maintain ..or in- Technology is the result of three' other inputs -- capital, crea se his efficiency. But research efforts by u n i management and technology, because the use of credit in- versities, agricultural com- payments, because of less land "Extensive" farming -- the creases his operating costs panics and even farmers, hein 8 idle(i . arc expected to be putting into production of more through interest payments, it is themselves. And technology acres -- has been replaced by evcn more imperative that his will play an even more im"intensive" farming -- getting operation be efficient . . . to portant role in tomorrow's more production out of the offset the increased costs credit agriculture, acres available. This has brings to the operation. As world population con- created the demand for capital, tinues to increase, the land area . , . . , Management is the second management and technology. im . sjm ava.lable for produclion of food These three mpuls hold the key (ermSi man ^ raea " ns and fiber continues to decline. making the righl decision at the Each y ear ' acres of valuable right times produclive land give way lo Modern farming is full of masses of steel and concrete in decisions. It's more than *e form of highways, airports iw behind a traclor lo fulure increases in agricullural production. The capital requirements of the average American farm are by no means small. Consider lhal an acre of land may cosl and urban i new tractor ofl $10,000. Add to this More :e is required just to satisfy increasing population. And sen7whatYobu7and' which way m o r e fÂ°P le mean 6 reater demands for more food. The about S2.5 billion in 1973. Butz said the basic structure of the current Agricultural Act of 1970, including price support loans and "set-aside" acreage features, should be retained. ChairmanllermanTalmadge, D-Ga., of the Senate Agriculture Committee, told the farm editors Monday night that the Nixon plan to make farmers compete in a free market for larger incomes ps the "height of folly" and unworkable. Talmadge predicted that the greater production on the The Tribune will attempt to acreage thai is available. That list in lhis seclion a " meetings and other importanl dates of and the total often reaches They're often lonely several hundred thousand The emphasis on dollars. management has brought a new is (he role of researc h. It's obvious that mosl far- generalion of farmers. They What more can be said aboul interest to the agricultural mers cannol by themselves are more educated and belter (ne ac t ua | operalions of the community. To list your organi- take on the job of financing informed than generations American farmer? He drives a za t' on 's important meetings, their operations. They have to Past. tractor. He feeds cattle. He P' oasc contact the Tribune at turn to other sources for credit The Ihird major inpul is plows his land. He harvests his lÂ° a; t one week prior lo mceling According to the 1971 Facl technology. Combined with the cropS] date. Book of U.S. Agricullure, "In farmer's land, labor, capital But ' (nal , s not a u T))e April 22-28 Colorado Stale recent years, crcdil has been and management, technology 'American farmer combines the ( ' ran S e Woek. used to finance four-fifths of all has played an imporlanl role in mpu is of land, labor, capital, April 23 Weld Coi ""y Ag farm sales. Federal land banks llle amazing productive mima g emen i an d technology' Cnlmcil . " P-m., Farm Bureau and life insurance companies capacity of the American and produccs fnnd and fibcr for Building, Greeley. arc Ihe largest inslilulional farmer, holders of farm mortgages, Technology is the develop- with outstanding balances on menl of hybrid seed. It's better- January, 1971 of $7.1 billion and bred animals. It's disease$5.6 billion respectively, resistant crops. It's vaccines Commercial and savings banks nnd other medications for cigarettes 50 years ago, collec- State Grange Building public held loans of $4.4 billion." liveslock. It's improved pesl tions were about $324,000. invited. The American farmer is also control. Today, wilh 50 stales using the Mav 5 " 7 American National a heavy user of non-real estate M o d e r n a g r i c u l t u r a l (nx, latesl figures show (hat C a t t l e m a n ' s A s s o c i a t i o n farm loans. He uses these technology is responsible for a | )01l | $ 2 .6 billion n yenr Is ( -' | i n Â»tÂ«'i'liin, New York, N.Y. mainly lo finance seasonal the so-called "Green Hevnlu- co |i CC | C( | f and Washington, D.C. . . . . . . "Safemark" C o n f e r e n c e Cigarette tax first Mnlibu Inn, Denver. WASHINGTON -- When Iowa April 28 Grange-sponsored became Ihc first stale lo tax Pot Luck Dinner, 0:30 p.m., Senate, despite a rough road ahead, would pass a farm bill this year which will include income guarantees. GRAPE JELLY 00 When you start checking up on our food VALUES for ele- ant Easter eats, you'll see why so many people prefer STEELE'S. Every food Item on your list is met with a high quality brand and a Low, LOW PRICE. You'll check out with a lower total on ALL YOU BUY! QUALITY MEATS SCOTTOWELS SIGMAN GOLD NUGGET BONELESS$149 HAM sT E 1 LOVELAND OLD TIMER LINK SAUSAGE SIGMAN WIENERS DRINK APPIAN WAY PIZZA MARSHMALLOWS CHOC. 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