Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 25, 1972 · Page 9
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Farmers Union Official Blames High Food Prices on Middleman WASHINGTON (AP) - The (resident of the National Farmers Union told Congress Monday that Price Commission rules give food industry middlemen a built-in incentive to keep ood prices high. Tony T. Dechanl, testifying jefore the congressional Joint economic Committee, said the only way inflationary food pric- ng can be halted is by enforc- ng antitrust laws "against the THE ARLINGTON OF SOUTH V I E T N A M - A child walks between her father's flag-draped grave and a line of freshly-dug graves as her mother, right, is supported by a friend after burial service Saturday at the National Ceme- tery at Bien Hoa. The soldier was killed in recent fighting; The cemetery is the Arlington of South Vietnam. (AP Wire- photo via radio from Saigon) Soviet Interest May Be In American Soybeans By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agri- cuture Department officials say they have no idea as yet whether the Soviet Union is serious about buying U.S. grain on an annual basis hut that an imporlant signal of future Moscow plans could involve soybeans. The Soviet Union apparently has not decided on a set of priorities involving budget commitments, Assistant Secretary Clarence D. I'almby lold a meeting of the Newspaper Farm Editors of America on Monday. Several basic courses appear likely: The Soviets could continue with a dependence on cereal foods for primary con- 'sumer calories; continue grain purchases from Canada and oilier counfries to help improve livestock output gradually; or make a bold decision to balloon livestock and poultry produc tion in line with five-year objectives. ,. If Moscow leaders decide in AUTO GLASS For All Cars A M Glass imSlhSL Ph. 352-62*1 :he near future lo buy U.S. soy- jeans or soybean meal--used : or livestock and poultry pro- iein feed--it could be a signal of Agriculture Clarence U, Palmby, Noting that prices for meal, eggs and" some vegetables in Not Just for Votes TEL AVIV (AP.) - President Nixoii isn't helping Israel just [p win Jewish votes, Premier Golda Meir said Thursday night, "but even it he did courl Hie voters, 1 can see nothing wrong with that in a democra- the Soviet Union has "turned(Moscow were much higher than another corner" and is serious]in the United Slates, Palmby about longrange food ex-: 1J "~~ -' cransion, Palmby said. As yet, however-, the Soviets have not entered into any new major grain or soybean deal with fire United Stales. Palmby, who returned earlier this month after leading a grain trade mission In Moscow, said he thought [hat if Russia bought U.S. soybeans it would be in the form of meal. The reason, Palmby said, is that the Soviet Union seems to have plenty of vegetable oil from sunflowers. However, he lold meeting of newspaper farm editors: "if the Russian housewife were given $100 and turned loose in one of our supermarkets, it would be a trau- malic experience," Palmby said. Meir said that al hei lasl Washington meeting will Nixon, "he lold me, and J bc- eve h i m , that he considerec ability in the Middle East was ilai for Ihe United Stales am le /ree world." Mrs. Meir was speaking lo abor council rally. WASHINGTON (AP) - flic Agriculture Department said Monday farm crop prospects in Red China this year look "more promising" than in 1971. Last year, the Foreign Agricultural Service said in a re- said, those seeds do not pro-!port, farm production growth duce good livestock feed meal, ( d i d not match 1970's and grain In response to a question, I output actually slipped from a Palmby said he had "no goodjyear earlier, feeling" on when or if Ihe So- But for 1972, Ihe report said, viets might come lo a decision on buying U.S. grain. President Nixon is scheduled ["'Inch could move on 'China appears lo be stressing" production of farm ilems world markets. lo visit Moscow next month. Of-l ficials say grain trade negoiia-[ lions will be part of the agenda.I Our State Patrol asks drivers jto always expect Hie unexpected WASHINGTON (AP) -- An- when there is any possibility other postscript on retail food-thai kids might be around. Re- prices in the Soviet Union as|memher, they are immature compared with those paid byiand irresponsible in traffic. U.S. consumers was provided!Drive as if all of Ihem were Monday by Assistant Secretary'yours. Presents a New Fast Method of Opening Headland Ditches The New Model 130 Headland Furrow Opener Saves work and lime and you can eliminate hand digging the 10 to 12 feet required to run water from Ihe siphon tubes to Ihe rows. Hydraulic control. Cutting length 13'2", depth of furrow 3" to 5", roter speed 250 RPM. Direction of rotation towards tractor. Swivel 37" both directions. Sealed, self-aligning ball bearings, P.T.O. drive. Mounts on standard 3 point hitch, category 1 or 2. Weight 800 Ibs. Write for folder giving full details. Ellis Capp EOUI 3T T Your International Harvester Dealer 301 E. 8th St, Ph. 352-9141 Tucs., April 25, 1972 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE-9 Tribune Farm Section lhal dominate the food process- and make up for this by not ing and marketing." 'Orange'Likely Will Be Banned KANSAS CITY (AP) : ' A government official says he daubls that ranchers in West- am Kansas and Nebraska will be allowed to use the defoliant, code-named "Orange," to kill sagebrush. The chemical was dls- "Unlcss we use antitrust policy to break up the economic cnncentrntions In food marketing and introduce real competition among processors and retailers, the quHsi-monopolies will probably remain one step ahead of any government regulations," De Chant said. In normal circumstances, he $aid, food chains customarily absorb most price increases hi handful of firms and chains such commodities as livestock Butz Asks More Reporting Of Farm News, Activities By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Bulx said Monday newspaper farm editors are writing stories "as ·efreshing as a spring breeze" jut need lo redouble efforts to .ell the mass of urban Americans about the problems of 'armers. "Often the general daily news menu leans to a selection of ac- cidenls, deaths, murders, political attacks, embezzlements, payoffs, threats, crime and a heavy dose of the sensational and seamy side of life," Butz said. With all that, Dutz said, articles ahoul farmers and their families, and how agriculture fits into the economy, are a real service for Ihe nation. Ruiz's comments wore in a speech prepared for the annua dinner Monday night of (he Newspaper Farm Editors of America. William II. Zipf of The Columbus (Ohin) Dispatch s president. Earlier, the farm editor; icard Assl. Secretary Richard E. Lyng predict that if DES, a livestock growth hormore, were jauned completely it would iieiin higher meat costs for consumers. Lyng WHS asked if he thinks he federal government wil ban DES. "1 hope not," he said. "1 Ihink not ... I shuddei :o have to think what we'c have if we banned DES." l-yng snid he thinks retail meat prices would go up quick ly "10 to 15 cents per pound" il the chemical, used inoslly b cattle feeders, were outlawed. Federal regulations require the hormone, used to boos weight gains, to be wilhdrawi From feed at least seven day. before animals are slaughtered S|»l checks by USDA in speclors this year have turna up six DES-conlaininaled live samples from 1,0)6 .-inimals None has been found in the rci meal. assing on to consumers the avings made when prices go 3W11. But he said the Price Commission's so-called "volatile iricing" rule has caused thai yslem to breakdown. The rule states that any firm manufacturing or processing ood and making $100 million or nore in annual sales can pass to its customers any markei nice increase in the raw male ials it uses. "In other words," DeChani said, "after a food processing inn convinces the Price Com- nission (hat il immediately ad- usts its selling price to chain stores in response to changes in )rices pnitl lo farmers and ranchers so as lo maintain the same percent mark-up, the !irm is Ilien authorized to increase its prices . .. lo main'.ain the margin of mark-up .lial it enjoyed in (he 90-dny [rccze period." The rule for processors also ussures that any increase in raw agricultural produce be passed on lo consumers at the supermarket, ho said. He asserted the rule served as a justification for deviating from normal pricing policy' and allowed them lo push up their margins even higher llian they had been." As far as food prices go, he asserled, "(lie large, corporate chain stores have been able to stay at least one step ahead o the Price Commission and Ihe consumer in manipulating the regulatory rules so RS lo max imi/e llieir profits." was continued in Vietnam because it caused birth defects in test animals. The supply was shipped back to the United Stale?. "Those ranchers would love to have it," said John C. Wicklund, chief of the regional pe'sti- cides program for the Environmental Protection Agency. But before EPA can register the defoliant (or use, the ranchers must prove it will have no side effects on persons or animals.' Robert Fri EPA's deputy "administrator, said he doubts the agency will allow ranchers Mo use the chemical. J; The EPA has determined flis.t Orange can be destroyed safely iy incineration. Places . in "cxas, Louisiana, Arkansas and llinois have been designated or Incineration of Orange, Fri said, but the states don't want t burned in their territory. DENTON, Tex. 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