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ifi* -- 4ueust3,1975 Sunday Gazette-Mail _!__*: CWrfifax W V.TSÂ»Qa .__ -M -M--^ Butz Counting on Big Grain Crops to Soothe Food * ears Clergyman The Rev. John M. Green Jr. will be installed as new pastor of St Paul's Lutheran Church at Lee and Beauregard streets at 10 a. m. next Sunday. A n a t i v e of Claymont. Delaware. Mr. Green is a graduate of the L u t h e r a n Theological Seminary. Mars Probe To Begin Next Week WASHINGTON \ A P - Agriculture Secretary Karl L Butz is counting on huge crops of wheat and corn this yeai to calm fears over rising food prices which may result from new grain sales to the Soviet Union. But he isn't 100 per cent sure. "It all depends on the size of our corn crop." Butz said in an interview. "Obviously. 1 can'5 say it won't mean an increase, but it will be neglibible." If the corn crop turns out the size that the A g r i c u l t u r e Department currently predicts experts say even more grain could be sold to Russia without hurting American consumers. But if prospects decline severely because of dry weathe. grain prices may go up because of increased demand. So instead of a ti to 8 per cent boost in food prices in 1U75 now predicted by I'SDA. about half the rate of recent years, consumers could be saddled with a larger increase and further gains in 197H. Butz said, "we've put a hold on. for all practical purposes" on further sales of wheat and corn to Russia until more is known about I'.S. crop prospects and. for that matter, the Soviet harvest. LAST MONTH U.S. grain companies disclosed they had sold 154 million bushels of wheat and 177 million of corn to the Soviets, drain prices, which had declined from record peaks of last year, began rising. Suddenly, it seemed to be 1972 all over again. Sales of 4!i:) million bushels of wheat and 240 million of corn in 1972. conducted in secret by private grain companies and aided by I'.S. credit and export subsidies, helped t r i g g e r an unprecedented three-year round of farm exports and soaring iood prices. No government subsidies or credit are involved now. and grain companies must report large exports r **""*^- promptly to I'SDA. But despite the pre- l cautions, what happened to food prices after the 1972 deals ,figrÂ»Â».Â«,g in alarmingly fresh Â· ^JL^Jpi in consumer minds. Â· jMUl Retail food prices. Â· Jr ^H w h i c h d u r i n g the Â· ^L*^H s e v e n - y e a r span Â· |A ^H from 1960 through ^^ 1967 rose a total ol Butz 13.6 per c e n t . jumped an average of 14.5 per cent in 1973 and another 14.5 per cent in 1974.-The new sales, prompted by a drought in Russia, are not likely to trigger similar food price increases this year or next -- if farmers get the size of crops USDA has forecast - according to Butz. "We've just got a massive production this year." Butz said. "The wheat's in place, and the corn is coming along in good shape - although something could happen to part of it. If we get 10 bushels per acre knocked off the yield, that's kind of serious. And it is dry in some parts, but in other parts it's very very fine." Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur I). Burns told the Joint Congressional Economic Committee last week however, that "there already has been a significant increase in grain prices" and that he was concerned the new sales to Russia may trigger sharp food prices increases. Butz. in Williamsburg. Va.. countered that "some people who don't know wheat from chaff are drawing ridiculous conslu- sion about selling grain to Russia." The same day last Thursday. I'SDA reported that the farm price of wheat rose to $3 33 a bushel as of mid-month from S2.92 on June 15. Corn prices were up foui cents to 52.72 a bushel. Prices of both grains, however, were far below the record peaks set last year. And some USDA economists say they are not likely to go much higher if harvests are as large as the department says. * Â» * THE WHEAT SALES have drawn the sharpest comment, partly because wheat provides bread -- the traditional "staff ol life" - and. for Americans, is the major food grain. But it is corn as a feed grain for livestock which provides most of what consumers buy at food stores in the form of meat, poultry and milk. According to a USDA marketbasket analysis of 65 farm-produced food items, meat, dairy and poultry products account for more than 50 per cent of what American buy to eat. Bakery and cereal items, which include wheat, corn and other grain products, add another 17 per cent, meaning that nearly $7 of every ?10 Americans spend on groceries are for grain-related products. In J u l y 1972. just as the big Russian sales were unfolding, wheat at the farm was $1.32 a bushel and corn $1.14 a bushel. By December wheat was $2.38 and corn $1.42 a bushel. But that was only the beginning. Inflation was gnawing at the U.S. economy and many other countries, notably Japan and those in the European Common Market, took advantage of a depreciated U.S. dollar to make huge purchases of American farm products. Shopper's Big Bargain! v.. to top off your Bio Meal at McDonald's! The McDonald's Big Meal: Â·BIG MACTM Â· LARGE FRIES Â· LARGE SOFT DRINK After you've found some big bargains while shopping in town, stop into McDonald s for the Biggest bargain of them all... the Big Meal Deal. Whenever you purchase a McDonald's Big Meal (A Big Mac. a large order of fries, and a large soft dnnk-no substitutions), we'll throw in an apple or cherry pie, absolutely free! This offer is good on Monday and Friday nights only. August 4.8,11. and 15. from 4 to 8 PM. At McDonald's in Charleston, we do it all for shoppers, in a Big way. With our Big Meal Deal. McDonald's Capitol and Quarrier Streets, Charleston CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. '.-V - In a billion-dollar effort to discover if there is or ever was life on Mars, the United States next week launches the first part of its most ambitious unmanned probe of space. A Viking spacecraft will be hurled into space by an Atlas-Centaur rocket Aug. 11 - beginning a 460 million-mile looping journey around the sun on its way to the red planet. Direct line distance between the two planets is 200 million miles. Eleven months later, on July 4. 1976. a spider-like Viking Lander is due to leave the orbit of its mother ship, descent to the surface of Mars and begin a 90-day investigation. "This is by far our most ambitious un manned mission." space agency spokes man A. H. Lavender said. "One thing this mission hopefully will provide for scien lists is a definitive answer to the question of life on Mars." On A u g . 21. a second V i k i n g will be launched into a similarly tedious trek to Mars, nearest planet to Earth. It will land on another part of the planet next August shop mondays and fridays 10 to 9 other weekdays 10 to 5 phone 346-0981 i THE VIKING missions will cost the National Aeronautics and Space Administra tion four times as much as America's portion of the recent Apollo-Soy uz linkup. Scientists have theorized that the dry. cold planet with an atmosphere much thinner than Earth's could sustain some form of life. Beginning with Mariner 4. three Mariner satellites flew by Mars in the 1960s, snapping fuzzy photographs of the planet, which is about the size of earth. In 1971-72. Mariner 9 orbited around Mars, the first manmade object to do so. and relayed much clearer pictures. Â£ Among the photographs were some which g excited scientists said were of an apparent Â·:Â·: riverbed. Â£: The first Viking will search with heat 8 and water sensitive instruments for the x best landing site on a broad plain called g Chryse. The second Viking and its lander j will' head to an area called Mare Acidal- \ ium. The landers will remain on Mars. Â·; * * * Â·'.' ONCE ON MARTIAN soil, the pair of Â£ 2.400-pound crawling space laboratories J will conduct dozens of sophisticated tests. Â£ relaying their findings to two 5.100-pound circling mother ships which in turn will re- i| lay the information to Viking mission con- j irol at the Jet Propulsion Labatory in Pas- ; adena. falif. Â· The landers' 10-foot booms, extensions ; resembling an anteather's snout, form the ; third leg of each lab's tripod. They will ' search the planet's surface for microscopic or plant life. As the boom scoops soil samples into each landed, the mini-lab will seek signs of metabolism. The chemistry of the organic compounds in the soil will be analyzed for indications of whether they were produced by animal or plant life, or could evolve life. "All i n f o r m a t i o n will be relayed to Earth in radio signals requiring more than 20 minutes to travel the 200 million miles between both plants for at least 90 days but possibly longer." Lavender said. Fayette Bookmobile Schedule Listed FAYETTEVILLE - The Fayette County bookmobile will visit these communities this week' M o n d a y - - A n s i e d . 9:30 a.m. to noon: Hico. 12:?.0tn j p.m.: Lookout. I:30lo2:30 p.m. T u e s d a y - P ' l W f l i t o n . 11:15 to 11:45 a.m : Kimb'Tjv. Noon to 1 p.m.: Smithers. 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