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26 July 22. 1984 Section A THE SUNDAY OKLAHOMAN State's Farms Give Foreigners tons of Goods By Jim Etter While much of Okla- da and Mexico, the homa's farming is done by" people who were born and die here, tons o the products wind up far, far away more oi the products, perhaps, than even some of the producers realize. ;The state's total exports of primary crops in 1983 were valued at $747.9 million, according to the VS. Department of Agriculture and some state farm officials say that figure doesn't include a number of goods ranging from alfalfa to quail eggs. And while that figure has been larger the export picture changes because of such factors as economic and political conditions in other countries and the value of the dollar in this county this nation's farm export business is still a big one. And so is Oklahoma's. The state ranks 14th nationally in agricultural exports. Foreign markets are always in mind when farmers are talking about wheat prices it's estimated that four out of every five acres of Oklahoma wheat are exported and virtually-every crop grown in the state has a foreign buyer, the officials say. "Quite frankly, (state wheat growers) live or die by that export market," says Chris Rink, assistant director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Wheat accounts for nearly three-fourths of the state's to tal dollars of export sales, officials say. And, says Rink, that does more than allow the state's farmers to sell their goods it brings in additional money. Every $1 worth of export wheat, he says, "generates from $3 to $7." Or, he says, figuring the $539 million in the state's exported wheat sales in 1983, that means at least $1.6 billion is brought into the state as money spent on related goods and ser-;vices, "and that's new money." The main buyers for Oklahoma wheat its major variety of hard red winter wheat are the USSR, Brazil, China and Japan, Rink said. . But wheat's only part oi the export picture. There are live animals and meat, amounting to $46 million exports in 1983 and placing that group second behind wheat. State agriculture officials say thjat includes cattle and horses for breeding. Among the group's main customers for livestock including quarter horses and thor-ughbreds are Cana- Inmate Escapes 'McALESTER - Pris-m officials continued heir search for an innate who escaped Sat-ifday from a trusty wilding at the Oklaho-na State Penitentiary. Feliz Fernandez, 23, ras discovered missing bortly after noon, said im Sorrels, duty officer t the officials say. Other buyers of the animals are Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, West Germany, East Germany, El Salvador, England, Guam, Guatamala, Honduras, Hungry, Nicaragua, Nigeria, The Philippines, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe. The main markets for muscle meat include Japan and Canada. The third largest exported commodity in terms of money falls in the category of hides and skins valued at $43 million in 1983. Many of the hides go to countries like Taiwan, Korea and Japan, officials say. "We export the hides, and we import the baseball gloves and soccer balls and all the other goods," says Alan Huston, coordinator for international marketing with the state s Department of Agriculture. Huston, while also a supporter of "bulk" exports wheat and other goods says his department strongly promotes export business involving "value-added" goods. "Our primary thrust is the development of Oklahoma-processed foods because that means jobs," he said. "And we like to sell at the highest development point possible. For example, instead of selling asparagus, sell a can of asparagus." But regardless of the product or its stage of preparation, he said, farm exports in the state are part of something big. On the national level, "agricultural exports in 1980 paid for around half of our oil imports," Huston said, citing figures of $42 billion worth of farm products exported, compared with about $80 million worth of oil that was imported. "There's no other industry that comes close to that," he said. "In fact, agriculture is the major contributor to a balance of payments." U.S. exports have been down during recent years, many observers agree, partly because of something that is an advantage-disadvantage situation - a higher U.S. dollar value. "For a man over in France to buy goods from America, he has to buy with the American dollar, and if that dollar gets more expensive it costs him more in France to buy the same quantity," notes John Cochrane of the Oklahoma Crop and Livestock Reporting Service. "It's an over expense not more of an ex- Oklahoma of tote sites live Cotton fats, greases ipisiiiS 5.8 4.5 2.5 gj i SMS msmm wmm& $35 ' Catoosa Residents Oppose Clemency Police Chiefs Killer Not Paroled llliiiiil iiifliilimi fiiiS!llSllllllM!i Hay, , fruit $31 mm 11 it ii 5.2 lilflll na Source: State Apfoftigtr Department not available pense as far as what the American farmer is getting, but more of an expense for the one who is paying," he adds. "For the American tourist over there, it helps, but it hurts the people at home trying to sell their goods." There are other, unrelated problems, too, officials say, like one affecting Oklahoma's major agricultural product beef cattle. Oklahoma beef, as well as pork and other meat, is still part of a large export business, officials say. U.S. beef exports in '83 totaled 93,045 metric tons, with a value of $391.8 million. And the total value of all U.S. meat exports that year was $835.7 million. But, says Frank Ar-ney of the Oklahoma Beef Commission, government controls in Japan still are discouraging to many U.S. and Oklahoma cattlemen despite welcome news a few months ago that Japan had opened its market for meat imports. "The problem is with Japan, even with the increased access (to the Japanese market), the Japanese government controls those prices over there; they still don't have straight supply and demand, and they're going to hold the prices up over there. That's to protect their farmers; it doesn't do much for their consumers, but it helps their farmers." Also, Arney said, the export market is considered so vital to the U.S. meat industry that "many cattlemen feel that the beef market in the U.S. or the beef industry is a 'mature' industry, that is, that many people in the U.S. are eating about as much beef as they're going to on a per-person basis." In other words, he said, "our stomachs are going to hold only so much so we're looking at our export markets for new customers. They eat only something like 15 pounds of meat in Japan. I'm not sure of those figures but something like that. While in the U.S. the per-capita consumption is about 77 pounds." Oklahoma's cotton another major export crop, accounting for $35 million in exports in '83 is sold to about 15 countries with the main ones being Japan, Korea and Taiwan, say officials of W.B. Dunavant Co., a cotton merchandising firm at Frederick. "It surprises a lot of people," said Jan Varner, a spokeswoman of the firm. "I told someone the other morning, 'Hey, 10 bales of your cotton went to Japan today.' And he was surprised to hear it." Armed Men Rob Restaurant Two armed men wearing ski masks robbed customers of a northwest Oklahoma City restaurant late Friday after forcing them to lie down on the floor and then kicking them, police said. Police said the two men, who were carrying small-caliber handguns, took an undetermined amount of cash from the register at Sammy's Pizza, 7204 N Western, and almost $2,955 in jewelry from customers. Police said that at about 11 p.m. Friday one of the two men reportedly entered the restaurant, pointed a gun at the customers and told them to get down. The customers, police said, looked at the man without, moving. "Get down or I will shoot you!" police said the man reportedly told the customers. Police said the man went up to one of the customers and kicked him in the nose and forehead and said, "Give me all your money." The second armed man, police said, apparently waited in another area of the restaurant. State GOP Strategy Discussed National Reagan-Bush campaign officials met with about 120 state Republicans Saturday in Oklahoma City to discuss strategy and tactics for the upcoming November presidential election, a party spokesman said. Mike Brake, the state Republican Party spokesman, said Saturday's Campaign Leadership Session was hold primarily for Reagan-Bush county campaign chairmen from across Oklahoma. Fernandez Is serving six-year sentence with tree years suspended tr second-degree bur-lary from Carter Coun-f. He came to prison in larch, Sorrels said. When last seen, the in-late was wearing pris-ii-issued white jeans lid white shirt, Sorrels kid. Fernandez is de-Tibed as a Cuban man ho is 5-foot-9 and eighs about 145 tunds. He has black lit and brown eyes. Smokenders makes it easy. Just give us one hour to prove it. Have you ever tried to quit, or thought about quitting smoking? Would you quit if you could be freo of the urge and Would you quit if you could do it without scare tactics, shock treatments, "cold turkey withdrawal", drugs, "climbing tho walls", gaining weight, embarrassment or willpower? We can help you. We've helped thousands of smokers since 1969. Major corporations have selected us to help the employees. Our program meets the guidelines of the U.S. Surgeon General and has been accredited. Even If you feel you ought to quit, but you don't really want to, attend a free meeting. ATTEND OUR FIRST MEETING FREE... NO COST OR OBLIGATION HILLCREST OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL 2129 SW 59th Slraet at Penn Classrooms 1 & 2 Wednesday, July 25th - 7:30 pm ByKimStott McALESTER An inmate . convicted of killing Catoosa Police Chief JB. Hamby lost his bid for a parole Saturday after about two dozen people turned up to protest his clemency. The state Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously against either parole or a sentence reduction for David Gordon Smith, 30. Smith has been in prison since 1979 after he was convicted of killing Hamby during a 1978 armed robbery at a Catoosa tag agency. He is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. "I'd like for the board to think about the serious void this man has created," said David Hamby, brother of the slain chief. "Ke is a convicted killer and he is also a confirmed liar." Rogers County District Attorney T. Jack Graves told the board that evidence in Smith's trial "conclusively showed" that Smith was the chiefs killer. However, Smith told the board he handed his loaded gun to another man after he was inside the tag agency. Tests showed "I never fired a weapon," he said. "I still know that I wasn't responsible for what happened," the inmate said. "... I have to keep believing in the truth. That's all I have." Before the board denied Smith parole, member Farrell Hatch told the inmate, "You're calling on us to go against probably the will of the people in this state." State law requires inmates to be considered for parole by the time they have served one-third of their sentences. When inmates are serving life sentences, their sentences are considered 45 years and their first parole hearings usually come after 15 years in prison. Smith would not have been brought up for parole until 1994, officials said. ' But board members can schedule hearings before that time, and Chairman Robert Mitchell brought up Smith because he has a good prison record. 'Tve spent the last six years of my life doing everything I can to prove what kind of man I am," Smith said, "and if it isn't adequate for you, I'd like the opportunity to come back" so board members can review his progress. Smith wiil not come up for parole again until 1994. In other action, the board recommended parole for Frederick Thomas Freeman, who has been in prison since 1961 on a murder conviction. Freeman, 57, was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of his wife, her mother and her father. He has been at the Oklahoma City Community Treatment Center since 1982, and has held jobs in the community. "It's about time for ol' Frederick to go," Mitchell said. Freeman's recommendation must be approved by Gov. George Nigh. The board also recommended parole for 22-year-old Toni Poindexter, who is serving a five-year manslaughter sentence for shooting a friend who tried to inter- Two Die in Accidents On Oklahoma Roads Two people were killed late Friday and early Saturday in traffic accidents, including an Oklahoma City girl who died when the car in which she was riding struck a utility pole after a rear tire blew out, authorities reported. Dead are: CARRIE RYAN WHITE, 15, of Oklahoma City. KENNETH DAVID EHELER, 27, of Spencer. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Miss White was thrown nine feet when the car slammed into the pole on Waterloo Road east of Santa Fe at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. She died at the scene before officers arrived. The driver and two other passengers also were ejected, authorities said. The driver, Craig R. Warrick, 16, and Kevin Bales, 16, both of Edmond, were treated at Edmond Memorial Hospital and released. Carla Custer White, 15, of 3521 NW 66, was in good condition Saturday with head, trunk and internal injuries. Norman Police said Eheler died when the car he was driving caught fire after colliding with another vehicle near the intersection of 120th Avenue and State Highway 9 in Norman. Brenda Joyce Eheler, a passenger in the burned car, was in stable condition at Norman Municipal Hospital. vene in an argument between M Poindexter and her common-la husband. "I've appreciated the pr grams very much," Ms. Poii dexter said. 'Tve tried to accor plish a lot with the time T had." :;; Her mother noted that the ii mate has earned a high-schoi equivalency degree and comple ed one year of college while i prison. 'Tve watched her get over a abusive father," the mother ad ed- V Board member J.W. Kinriel complimented Ms. Poindexter o her educational accomplish ments and told her, "You're very pretty girl. I certainly don' think you belong in the pen." The board also: Recommended parole' foi Velma Riggle, who is serving second-degree murder sentenct of 10 years to life. She was cor victed in a 1976 stabbing deatl in Atoka County. The victim alsi was run over by a car. Ms. Riggle was recommende for parole last year, but turne down by Gov. Nigh. Denied parole for Brend White, who was convicted of su! focating her 5-year-old daughte in 1980. The child's body was di covered after Mrs. White reporl ed her missing. Mrs. White is serving a sen tence of 10 years to life for sec ond-degree murder. "There's really no explanatiot for doing something like this to s child," she told the board. 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