The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 9, 1945 · Page 36
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January 9, 1945

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 36

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V--.V -HT £.; 24 M a s o n C i t y G l o b e - G a z e,V Seeking to Maintain Egg Prices How to maintain egg prices at SO per'cent of parity in view pi the huge egg surplus expected just ahead is the question to which' the -War · Food · Admiriis^ t ration is now seeking an ari- swefj according to A; B. Oderkirk," extension marketing specialist at Iowa State college. Several methods have . been suggested for holding up prices, pderkirk reports. One suggestion has been to reduce price supports for eggs to 80 per cent of parity. This might require new', legislation, however, and probably: couldn't be- accomplished in time, to solye the imr-" mouiate problem: . . . . The earlier prospect . that producers would be paid" a ' per bird subsidy - to sell - laying bens off- farms has been pretty milch ruled out. The high cost of such a program and Ihc possibility that it'"would not~ accomplish the objective caused-government leaders to reject it as a means of salving 'the surplus problem. Current possibilities include a continuation of the purchase program in · effect in previous years. Under this, , WFA acquires ownership of eggs purchased in the market a? a means of maintaining 90 per cent egg parity prices. ,. An alternative is a producer subsidy which would pay pro- ducers . the.' difference between the support level and the price paid on the market. Under this plan, farms and retail markets would be-left to f i n d - a level dictated-by demand arid supply conditions. · · . . - : . · ;. A 3rd possibility is for a subsidy, to egg handlers who would pay' producers staled prices. The handlers would be author- ized'to sell the eggs Jn 'the market and would be paid the difference; bet ween the.: total cost and the cash price received. Oderkirk believes it ilikely that the main support dependence will be placed on purchase of shell eggs for commitments to lend-lease and for the armed forces, operation of egg-drying plants and purchase of graded and current receipt eggs from those offering them to the gov- ernment. · ' · ' . " · While dried egg production in any large quantity is not needed in 1945 to satisfy commitments, some 125 to 130 plants may have to be operated as a means of absorbing surpluses. Purebred Hogs Win 4-H Project Prizes Three Iowa "4-H boys will receive awards from the Iowa Poland China Breeders association for outstanding Poland China swine projects, announced G. A. Lineweaver, assistant state 4-H leader. * Hobert Rohlf, Ida Grove, receives the first award--a purebred Poland China bred gilt. Second, and third awards will go i to Janeth Meuough, Grimes, a Delbert McDonald, M or nil Sun,-Each will receive a pi* bred Poland China' open I gilt. The awards are to be mj at the state Poland China s scheduled at, Adel the last February. ' t| According to J. Verald Bro\fie Hampton, chairman of,the loiTM. Poland. China association, · recccl I nition was based on the swif*· ( project plus the 4-H club reecTS book and the story of the proje'e, The corn borrer survey Iowa during 1944 reveals trH lor the 3rd successive year tl pest has increased its range ai more than doubled its popul: tion. This is reported by Harof Qunderson, extension entomolf gist o£ Iowa State;college. Army That's Never Been T HIS va*t American agricultural army doesn't know the meaning of defeat. These millions of American farm and ranch people are advancing along the road to final victory, shouldei to shoulder with the men and women in the armed services. No "E" flags fly from the ridge-poles of their bams . . . no medals are pinned on their shirt fronts. 'Their reward is the inner satisfaction of a job well done.. Ixxk at theirrecord of victories! In 1944, food production again reached an all-time high--158,950,000 meat animala were slaughtered; 3,101,. 000,000 bushels of com, 1,115,000,000 bushels of wheat; dairy products, poultry, eggs, etc., in record or near-record quantities! And because they _ produced all this food, the meat packing industry was also able to process and distribute a record volume of ineats^25 billion pounds. Each year since the war started, what seemed to be "impossible" goals were set for food production. Each year these objectives have been reached and surpassed in spite of shortages of help and machinery. Farmers and ranchers have produced the staggering tonnages of foods required to feed millions in the armed services and the rest of the nation at home. ". America Is proud of the victories won by tnli "Army Tnat's Never Been Beaten.'! $5.00 FOR YOUR GOOD IDEAS! Practical ideas which you have found helpful around your farm or rand) are worth money. We invite you to send in brief descriptions of any original Idea or handy gadget that has helped you in your farm or ranch work of producing livestock, dairy and poultry products, soybeans, cotton or other crops. Selected ideas will be published on this page, and we will send you $5 for any Hem of foots which we print. Hems cannot b» returned to the lenders. Mai your ideas 1o Swift Company, Agricultural "Good Ideas" Editor, Chicago 9, Illinois. BUY WAR BONDS for Tanks Today and Tractors Tomorrow CEILING PRICES ON LIVE HOGS Under the present regulations, the ceiling price for all live barrows and gills is $ 14.75 per hundredweight and for all BOWS, stags and boars the ceiling is $14.00 per hundredweight. ' · These ceiling prices ore for Chicago on/y, and vary from market to market. The difference between the ceilings for sows, stags and boars, and for barrows and gilt* is 7Sc at all markets, housecer. · Resent support prices are as follows: "Good" to "Choice" barrows and gilts that weigh between 200 and 270 pounds have a floor price of $12.50, Chicago! basis. At terminal and interior markets other than Chicago, the support price is $2.25 below the ceiling price (as .of Nov. 15, 1944) at that market for hoga within the 200 to 270 pound weight range. These support prices will remain in effect until June 1945. - What's Ahead for 1945? FARM AND RANCH MO VIES Trire* professionally made talking pictures: 01 Cowl ' and OK*tn«,.U. S. A., (2) Nation's M*at. (3) liVtrfodc, . ami hmt, of intense Interest to farmers and randien. Ideal for farm and livestock organizations, lodge, dub or school performance. AH you pay is transportation . one way. Can use these fWros only on a 16 niHTm«t«f sound projector. Pfeasa order a month in advance. SODA BILL AU.OWSI . --If YOUUH oH fhe titan to blow MM wftutfe, wfxrf'lf you da For power to rum the wheefif --A man is successful when bit ·omtngs caich up_wttn fui y*am- jrrgc. . Another. n»w year itartf, full of promts*, and questions for American agriculture. Will the war end in 1945? How much food will Europe need from us? Will rationing and price controls be relaxed? 'What about the feed situation? These are but a few of the "ifs" we are up against when we make plans for the coming year. To'help livestock producers, we here'condense opinions recently expressed by War Food Administration economists. CATTLE: They foresee for '45 an increase in the num- '· ber of cattle and calves slaughtered, partially as a result of the tendency to reduce, the size of herds. They also expect an increase in the number of cattle fed for slaughter. From 1946 to 1949, they expect a gradual decline in slaughtering, with yearly slaughter around 23 to 29 million head. HOGS: Their estimate of total 1945 hog slaughter is about 79 million, against approximately 100 million in '44.They expect hog production in 1946 to be close' to 1945 levels, depending on the feed situation. SHEEP, LAMBS: Slaughter in '45 will likely be the smallest since 1929, due to recent selling of breeding' stock. By 1946, they see a demand far exceeding the supply, leading to possible expansion of flocks over the following five years. This trend may be upset by wool-factor uncertainties. · - -. · We hose a pamphlet on "Beef Cattle Prospects for 1945," by'C- W. Crickmari, Economist of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, U. S. D. A. Want a copy free? Mail your request, attention F. M. Simpson, to Swift Com- pony, Chicago 9, HI. THE EDITOR'S COLUMN ; In nearly 20 years with Swift Company, I have talked' with . thousands of farmers and ranchers in all sections of the United . States, and have tried to bring about a better mutual understanding in the American livestock and meat industry- I have benefited greatly from these talks.- But even in 20 years, a man can get the viewpoint of only a relatively few people. That 13 why this page has been bom, so that we can talk things over with more of you than it is possible to do personally. Vfe want your constructive ideas, views, and thoughts for the betterment of the livestock and meat industry. We will welcome your suggestions and fair criticisms. Any questions you raise will be answered in these columns, or by letter. Should you feel like writing me a letter about any agricultural matter, please do so. Or if you are in Chicago, drop in at my office at Swift Company, Union Stock Yards. If you haven't time to visit, perhaps you can phone me at this number-- Yards 4200, local 710. May the new year bring to all of you good weather, good crops, good returns for your work, 'good health, and an end of war. Agricultural Research Department h U. I. ' Swift Company CHICWO 9, ILLMOIS WHAT DO YOU KNOW? 1) In what country do the people eac xnoro meat per person--United States, Australia, Argentina? 2) How many slaughterers compel* in buying U. 3. livestock-- 10,1500,25,000, 800? Answers elsewhere on page. N U T R I T I O N I S O U R B U S I N E S S - A N D Y O U R S Right Eating Add* Life to Your Year*, anJ Year* to Your Life

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