Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on July 16, 1948 · Page 20
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FARM, JULY, 1948 Washington Outlook: Say Farmer Is Postwar Profiteer By HARRY LANDO (Special to Globe-Gazette) "Washington, D. C.—Are farmers the great postwar profiteers? Have their swollen profits added to inflationary pressures and put the height in the high cost of living? These are not idle questions. A number of consumer and housewives organizations answer "yes" to both. Many influential congressmen and senators agree, including Sen. Robert A. Taft (R. Ohio). Indexes of wholesale and retail prices have climbed to all- time record highs, and government economists state without reservation that prices will reach even higher ground. There is no price break in sight before the next congress convenes. Whichever party is in power after the election, the issue of high prices and inflation will be considered. Food prices will be the target of investigating committees and speeches without end beginning in January. Food prices, even in the recently concluded session, played an important part in the consideration accorded farm legislation and present prices were a major factor in the unexpected passage by the senate of the Aiken bill with its lower, flexible price supports. A senate- house conference delayed the effective date of the Aiken bill until Jan. 1, 1950, however. Congressman from midwestern farm districts will attempt to amend the Aiken bill to provide for higher support levels during the next session. On the other hand, it now seems certain that there will be an attempt on the part of congressmen representing city districts to lower support levels. This is a relatively safe prediction based on the opinions of legislators still in Washington to clear, their desks. Public acceptance of the farmer in the role of profiteer led farm organizations to accept the lower support levels of the, Aiken bill "rather than risk getting nothing at all." * * * The facts about farmers' earn- nings are given in government statistics which are readily available to anyone interested in the question. These statistics show that the per capita income from farming for persons on the farm during 1947 was $725. During the same year the per capita income of the non-farming pcp- lation was $1,480. These figures will be used by congressmen such as Henry O. Talle, (R.-Iowa), virtually assured of re-election after a sweeping primary victory, who says: "Farmers have never earned as much on the average as factory workers. And yet farmers are capitalists in the best American sense of the word. "Fanners do not restrict production, violate anti-trust laws or join unions in order to demand higher prices. But they do invest savings accumulated during long years of hard work in land, stock, buildings and machinery. "The factory worker has no investment in his job and if his place of employment goes bankrupt he need only find another job at the same wages to be in the same position as he was before the bankruptcy. But circumstances beyond the farmer's control . . . such as drouth, flood, or even a severe price break . . . can wipe out his savings of a lifetime. "Price supports have been an inactive factor for several years, except in the case of a few minor crops, and they certainly have not added to the cost of living. Yet they have been a guarantee to the farmer against the uncertainties of the marketplace. The farmer deserves this protection and he deserves it at reasonable levels. These facts will underlie attempts in the next congress to amend the Aiken bill." * * * The appointment as undersecretary of agriculture of Albert J. Loveland, Iowa farmer, carries on a trend toward putting men of practical experience in top agriculture department posts. Operator of a 256-acre farm near Janesville, he produces dairy cattle, hogs, corn, oats, soybeans and other feed crops. He is a member of a co-operative livestock shipping association at Makers of Green Top MINERALIZED TANKAGE Order Green Top Tankage From MASON CITY RENDERING CO. Is Your Heating System Ready For Another Winter! We still have a limited supply of the Famous Lennox Oil Furnaces and Fuel Storage Tanks available for installation yet this year. Don't Delay — Place Your Order Now — If You Want An Oil Furnace This Year. Ray E. Pauley Co. Your Heating Center For Over 30 Years Phone 963 425 S. Federal Sheet Metal Work of All Types Waverly and is interested in 2 soil co-operatives which serve that area. Back in Iowa, he was for 18 years a member of his county school board and was president of the board for half that time. He began his department of agriculture career with the AAA at the beginning. of that program and was Iowa chairman of its successor, the PMA, when he was promoted to Washington. # * * Prospects for the grain crop in the ERF nations of Europe continue to brighten with latest estimates raised, to 54 million long tons of wheat and rye. This would be only 5 per cent less than prewar average. Import requirement are expected to remain large for. several reasons, but the larger European crops will nevertheless definitely take at least part of the pressure off U. S. crops. * * * The Rural Electrification administration has just concluded a record year, at the end of which 65 per cent of U. S. farms had electric service against only 10 per cent in 1935, the year REA was founded. Next year is expected to bring even greater activity. During the fiscal year ended June 30, REA bprrowers placed in service 112,000 miles, of lines (4;238 miles in Iowa); and brought electricity to 396,000 additional rural customers (10,096 in Iowa). Loans approved during the past fiscal year totalled $313, 0 0 8, 8 6 0 ~($21,379,697 in Iowa). These were all new records for a single year. Iowa now has a total of 39,814 miles energized and 100,275 consumers connected. Small grain seed must germinate 90 per cent or more strong to pass blue-tag certification requirements. COOK WITH BUPANE GAS GUARANTEED SERVICE Hook-ups and Bottle Gas Appliances Are Now Available. • Moore Apartment Size and Combination Gas and Coal Ranees ;• Oden and Kalamazoo Ranees • Water Heater • Servel Refrigerators SEE US BEFORE YOU BUY .. . 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Your inflation troubles will be over and tire and tractor wear will be at its minimum. Joe Daniels Auto Supply Co. DAN iELS - EGGERT - THOMAS 121 North Delaware Opposite Postoffice Phone 363

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