The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on August 6, 1974 · Page 7
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Super farms turn out half of nation's food, fiber By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - New government figures show that 109,000 super farms with sales of $100,000 or more each turned out nearly one half of the nation's food and fiber last year. Al the same time, small farms with sales of only $2,500 or less produced a declining share of U.S. farm goods. Production from those, often described by agricultural economists as rural residences rather than farms, accounted for only 1 per cent of 1973 output. The new figures were included in an annual farm income review published last week by the Agriculture Department. Over-all, it said soaring prices for grain, livestock and other commodities pushed net farm income to $32.2 billion last year, an 84 per cent gain from 1972. Also, the report showed, the per capita disposable personal income of farmers in 1973 — from all sources including jobs in cities — exceeded for the first time the average take- home pay of city and other non- farm people. It rose to $4,820 on a farm per capita basis, compared with $3,153 in 1972. Per capita disposable income of nonf arm people rose to $4,270 last year, a gain of $394 compared with the boost of $1,667 for farmers. Traditionally, farm disposable income has lagged far behind that for urban residents. Last year it topped nonfarm per capita income by 12.9 per cent. The figures showing sales values indicated that many farmers advanced into higher brackets, partly because 1973 was a top year for most production but mainly because prices averaged 37 per cent higher than in 1972. At the top of the scale were the 109,000 super farms which Fergss Falls (Hn.) Jouraal Tues., August 6,1974 7 Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Since You Asked Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? •:%%¥:¥:>¥:¥:¥:X*- A column answering questions •:.:.>:.:.:.:.:.:•:•:•:•:•:••••.•. •.•/.-:•:•>:•:•:•:•:•:•:-:•:•:•:•:•:• submitted by Journal readers : : : : : : x : : : : : i: : : : : : : : : : : : x : : : : QUESTION: Can you tell me this year's rate for custom hay- baling for standard size bales? What are the usual rates for baling on shares for rented hay? It's our understanding the land owner gets half the hay crop, hauls his own and pays the baling. Renter cuts, rakes, bales and hauls his half. If it's a two-third renter, one-third owner basis does the renter pay all expenses and do all the work? With the tripling of twin prices and big increases in gas prices what kind of arrangement is fair? ANSWER: We have heard reports this year of custom rates on hay-baling ranging from 15 cents to 25 cents per bale depending on extra services provided (bale wagon etc.). Costs of course, will vary depending on availability of custom balers. In regards to a share aggrement on rented hay ground for this year, it probably would be wise to stay with the agreement you currently have with the other party. However, for next year, you might consider an arrangement whereby the land owner pays the baling charge on the number of bales he receives and also the hauling costs on the bales. If the land owner has applied fertilizer on the hay ground, this would offset the renter's cost of cutting and raking the hay. I am assuming the land owner established the hay stand. Kenneth R. Rose Extension Agent sold commodities worth $100,000 or more last year. Those rose sharply from 70,000 farms in that category in 1972. The figures showed the super farms accounted for 45.7 per cent of the total value of farm products sold last year, up from 38.2 per cent in 1972. And those farms made up only 3.8 per cent of the nation's 2,844,000 farms counted in 1973. At the bottom, in the $2,500 or less category, were 753,000 farms making up 26.4 per cent of the U.S. total. Those accounted for 1 per cent of sales, down from 2.1 per cent in 1972. The report showed that nationally there were 26,000 fewer farms of all kinds last year compared with 1972. That trend has been going on since the 1930s. Between the super farm and small unit extremes, the general pattern showed a distinct moving up to larger sales categories. The top three, for example, involve farms with 1973 sales ranging from $20,000 each to the highest category of $100,000 or more. Last year, the report showed, the $20,000-and-over groups totaled slightly more than one million farms. That was an increase of 314,000 from 1972. Collectively, those accounted for 88.6 per cent of the nation's farm output, based on sales, compared with 80.8 per cent in 1972. In the middle were sales categories ranging from $2,500 per farm to the $20,000 level. Those farms totaled 1,082,000 last year, a drop of 77,000 from 1972. Net farm income — the record $32.2 billion in all — was apportioned generally according to size: The larger the farm, the higher the income. The $100,000 sales farms, for example, got 34.8 per cent of the total net income although representing only 3.8 per cent of all the farms in the country. EARLIER IS BETTER VICTORIA, B.C. (AP) Canadian Health Minister Dennis Cocke wants doctors to work with the government in eliminating late abortions. Cocke told the B.C. Medical Association annual meeting he hoped to stop abortions beyond the 14th week of pregnancy, ..............lauaressyourquesHonsio: omce louASKea. . .,•:-:•:•:•:•:•:•: (V , r , ., ,«, • • , • S*x~ Box 506, Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537) >••>»>« mother s health !s seriously in GENERAL «"=! ACTUAL USE REPORT General Rsntnue Sharing provides Maul funds directly to local and stale governments. Your government must publish this report advising you how these funds have been used or obligated during the year from Juty 1, 1973. thru June 30. 1974. This is to inform you of youc government's priorities and lo encourage your participation in decisions on how futme funds should be spent. ACTUAL EXPENDITURES CATEGORIES (A) 1 PUBUCSAFETY 2 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 3 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 4 HEALTH C RECREATION 6 UBRARtfS 7 SOCIAL SERVICES FO HAG ED OR POOR • FINANCIAL ADMNISTRAT10N 1 MULTIPURPOSEAND GENEULGOVT. \0 EDUCATION 11 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 12 HOUSING* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 13 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 16 TOTALS CAPITAL IB) S $ s %(.. o-o s $ $ s s S (.Of. 6 6 s s $ s s ( 1 'O.oo OPERATING.' MAINTENANCE [C ; e ( 5 E s C s 1 S * BKB S ? S^^fflw SKS ^^^S^ ^ 1 S Sj^S | s |i 1 1^ sl K w^ffl; w >s | g^?g«sa^» ^^^^^ $ NONNSCfllMINATION REQUIREMENTS HAVE SEEN MET E] CERTIFICATION: 1 cOTHy rh* 1 ft* tt* Ch*t EIKUIA* Offcw anl wrtti MCOCI u rh« «rati«TMnt fjndi nfonti fctwv 1 etrtiVtf* 0*1 hm ncx b**n uMd in v&K*n of «itfw »•. priority rqwndinn munrant (SWon 103] o< Ite nKtfuig link proWnVxi ISKticn *i.* ""Wife ffRtHbR. rol 7STTr/<//? CffijkMi THE GOVERNMENT OF TfiNBERu TOWNSHIP has ractivftd Garwril Rtvtou« Sharing pavmtnts toulir^ TW^Lt during the period Trwn July 1. 1973. thru Jjne 30. 1974. VAccouNTNo.24 3 OS4 021 TflNBERG TQWN5HIP TWP CLERK HILKIH CQUNTV ROTHSftV fllNNESQTfi 5S57S . I i JH [2> Rrrww* Shacmg Furdi R*ctW«d frcvn / ¥ A ® Juty 1. 1973 (hrough Jyn« 30, 1974 . .S_U_ /-bcL_ £ |4) T«y r^rviiA.*a^w t rt S Ml R«i«n-« « oi Ju.-» 30 1974 $. <J iFl TM rw*n jn«dia h«vt b*to vdviMd th*t a ccxnpi*!* cogr t>l ft* rtpon h*» t**o pubdthwj in • locri r«wtp«p«t of Mrwti ^ cxcultlion. 1 hxv> iKOnto documenting Ih* ecxfi»i« ol tta rtport ^ ~T*AN(?£'RC- ToK//V5>// T- 7 - GENERAL s"=J ACTUAL USE REPORT General Revenue Sharing provides federal funds directly to oca! and slate governments. Your government must publish tfus report advising you how ihes« funds have been used or obligated during the ytzt from Juty 1. 1973. thru June 30, 1974. Tlvs is to inform you of your government's priorities and to encourage your pan-cipation in decisions on how futme funds should be spent. ~ ACTUALEXPENDUUntS CATEGORIES IAI 1 fUBUC SAFETY 2 EKV1RONWEMAL rnoTKmow 3 ruauc lRANSr»OBTATlOH 4 HEAITH B HECREATWN I UIMMES 7 SOCIAL SERVICES FOHAGEDOffPOOK I FINANCIAL ADVINt&TftATlOX • UULT1PTJRPOSEASD ClHtRALGOVT. 10 EDUCATION 11 SOCIAL 12 Housmcfccou. MUHJ TY DCVtlO PMEX 13 ECOVOWX: OCVELOPMENT II TOTALS CAPITAL IB] $ I s » $ s $ $ s s $ $ $ $ OPEFtAT NG' MAINTENANCE! $ i » S $ $ $ * 'vjLrL, t«»'IA NONDISCflMINATKM RCOm KEMENTS HAVE I€E* Wtl (El CEtTIRCADOfl: 1 c#&( tf* 1 tm tfw Owl EMCwbvt 0%W « wtfi r*«»cl lo A* •ntittXBirt Pun* npctWd hw»on. 1 wrtrff ^t ^ 53^Sn.M»^5S TfTffl?^:^l^r^f^lli! V\N^\J^. & ^^t^^ _, .^--^-IJ THE GOVERNMENT OF -1 L> J « Sr IT v, \ fi^.v-^s v,r. h^s itccrved Gtr*«f»] Revcrtue ShanoS pivrrvciMi tottlNx •t (luring the p*nod fiom Ju-y 1. 1973. thru XT* 30. 1974 VACCOUNTNO. ^M *} ^ ". 0, '-- J ^ r NOBODY UNDERSELLS JOHNSON'S! GRASS INDOOR OUTDOOR CARPET CARPET SHAG CARPET REG. $7.49! HARD FINISH per Foam Rubber-back carpet Brown and Orange REG. $10.95! CARPET WHY MORE PAY HARVEST VALUES FURNITURE DRASTIC SAVINGS DEPARTMENTS SHAG INSTALLATION BIG SAVINGS GN SPECIAL ORDERS, TOO! LAMPS- TABLE—FLOOR SWAGS—POLE Reduced, 10 AND MORE For the Den or Family Room ... SOFA and 2 CHAIRS 3-piece group covered in Herculon. WAS $499.95! SALE PR1CEDAT $299 WALL PLAQUES and PICTURES SAVE. 20 AND MORF Games Set by Bernnardt . . . Round Table with 4 Castored Chairs REG. $369.95! ' SAVEONE-THIRD! NOW 249 WHY PAY MORE - SHOP US! OHNSON FURNITURE -DOWNTOWN FERGUS- LOTS OF PARKING - OPEN THURSDAY EVENINGS UNTIL 9 O'CLOCK.-

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