The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 30, 1949 · Page 9
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1949 BLYTHEVILIJC (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE Farmers' Future During 1950 Tied To Price Supports By Ovid A. Martin 6 WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. (AP)— Agriculture will be "'more dependent in 1950 upon tlie government for its financial well-being than perhaps in any year since* before the war. The reason for this is to be found in the fact that prices of many farm products have fallen or arc expected lo fall lo levels at which the Agriculture Department supports them. +• During rmri .sin iiir^e. in ca:-cs Mheri; price ceilings interfered. I Nnu- ti'rtt tlie farm price jiend>]l- | I':TI i* s\\ins;mo back in Ihe -iclun-' direction, government price sunpm't j policies will determine in large i meiiMire jii.st Jw.v low pikes u r il] ! po and fjirm inrome ;vill flvop. Farm products which already are (town to or below current government support levels include cotton, wheat, corn, cottonseed, grain sor- Sh'uu peanuts. flaxM'ed, "'-'••' tobacco, apples, butter, < ancj possibly rice. Vast l> ( i«-r . hoys ; Oivcn lo Hr;uin;in Except in the case of a few nr.'i- riuct.<;. price srnpnrL iRtcs for 1950 are yet to be determined. New price support legislation goms ir.to effect the first of the year gives Secretary of Acricultlire Brannan nuich wider discretion in settim: | support levels than does the old i law. I Because nf tills broader authority, J the secretary is in a position himself to fairly weli determine .apri- Cl'ltmc's level nf prosperity. The new law requires suftiwts r for the so-called basic crops-' cm- [ ton. corn, ivheat, rice, tobacco uncl! peanuts— to ue maintained at or | near 1949 levels. | But in the ca.se of many oth>?r important products fhe secretary has authority t/> reduce supports below mandatory levels of 1940. In- ch'dcd are hogs, chickens, i ggs, milk, butterfat, soybeans and turkeys. Whether Brannan will set supports at relatively high levels or reduce them where he has the discretion is a matter of speculation at the present. The secretary has made clear in testimony before 'congressional committees and in speeches that he favors relatively high supports. He argues that they are necessary devices to prevent- a collapse in "farm buying power which, he says, would brin? on a new depression for the nation. Crop Surpluses J'ile Up This does not necessariiv mean, however, that Hratmnn will maintain supports ai or near maximmns nmnUted bv lav,-. Slarint; him in the fico are ri^in^ surpluses "f m:>ny farm products Generally snoaklns, Ihe higher price supports are. the larger Ls mod'icnoil. furthermore, the laine the pt.'iudlrMi. (hi bigger arc the supplies which the government must lake over tinder its p>rice support opbnnuble that amount. Brannan hitnselt has warned that, taxpayers are likely lo ball; against prolonged losses of llrs kind. The !;overumeni has taken steps which it horjes will hold down '.he size of further oullays on price supports. Those steps include a return io pre.'.'ar production control measures designed trj hold oi'tput more nearly to the si?i of market needs. It has invoked rigid marketing quotas nn i]ip 1950 crops of cotton, peanuts and tobacco. Ii has or will set. up acreage planting alotted designed to reduce 1950 prodm-!J»Mi of wheat. rice, corn, potatoes, and possibly soybeans, I'eri.slialile (lootls I'ose Problem Ri't thf- government Is without anliorily to restrict production of products such as pork, c^gs. poultry, butter and milk. These products are easily when It comes to guverriiiient buying for price support purposes. Berarse tlioy are highly perishable, it is difficult for the government ever to get its money back out of them. Naturally, the resirictivc pro- programs on tile crops will have a tendency to reduce farm returns from them. Even though prices be supported at or near the 19-1!) levels, income will be less because the volume will be smaller. Consider cotton as an example of the effect of the restrictive programs. The government, seeks a cut of nbout 20 per cent in the 1950 crop. Even though the price is supported at about this year's rale, the income from Ihe crop will be down 20 per cei.t if production is reduced Five Counties Grow Half of State's Cotton Five counties In Northeastern Arkansas this year produced, according (o December I ginning reports, nearly one-hair of. the cotton grown In Arkansas this year. And, the production in Mississippi County, the largest grower of the staple in the United Slates, had more than twice as many bales as the second highest county, which was Crittenrten with 118.M9 bales. Miles McPcek, agricultural statistician for tile Arkansas Crop Reporting Service, reported that &in- nhijjs in Mississippi County prior to December 1 were 245.917 bnles. The figure for tlie cnrresixinding period in 1Q48 was 234.267 bales. The r-ihei ton producing conniic.s are: P ivsctt. ICWCo batfv; crais- head. 100,111.1 bale.s; and St. Prai'cls, 78345 bales. Jefferson was next hlrrhe.st witti 74,219 baies. The top live counties hud a Uital of 746.724 bales which compares with 1.510.182 bales for' the whole state. The December 1 !igure for the state this year was le.ss than the total reported by December 1 last year when 1,570,626 bales had ben ginned. AT THE PURINA FARM...and i.. Feedlots Across the Nation and /'nr off to markefS to 1/3 FASTER ) .WHEN PRICK ARf HIGH X HOW DO YOU DO IT?. HOG CHOW, MAM! HOC in line with the prosrnm. This 20 per cent wovld be equivalent to perhaps 8500.000.000. Xeu- Man Finds' I.itlle Support Tiie problem of government accumulation of surpluses has led Brannan to propose a new price suppoit method for perishable products, particularly mcat.s. dairy and porliry products, fruits and "vegetables Under the Brannan method, the government no longer would buy up that portion of the supply which tended to pull prices i:elow snnpnrl levels. Instead It would permit the whole supply to move to market at whatever prices It would bring. If the price averaged le.ss than the .support rate, the government would make up the difference to the farmer in Ihe form of a payment from the treasury. / Brannan contends his plan would permit lower food prices which in trrn would encourage consumers to eat up the surpluses. But farm income would be maintained as prosperity levels by means of the government payments. Congress turned thumbs down on Ihe Brannan plan, largely nn the grounds thali (I) the payments wovtd run into billions of dollars annually and increase the tax burden on taxpayers, particularly the larger taxpayers, and i'2> It would put agriculture at the financial mercy of politicians. National Cotton Week Observance Set for May 1-6 MEMPHIS, Tcnn., Dec. 30 iSjie- cial) _ The 1050 National Cation Week »il] be held May 1 to C. Harold A. Young, president ol the National Cotton Council, sponsor of the annual event, has announced. Mr. Young said the council's sales promotion division soon will ,,n- nouuce extensive uierchandwtig plans embracing nil branches of the cotton industry. lie said,that due to the fact thai cotton textiles are Hgnin inaden.ua.te supply, the 1950 cotton week will emphasize promotions ot cotton apparel, piece guotls ami home furnishings. Comprehensive promotional material geared to current retail (rends and merchandising procedures will be available lo cotton mills, converters, jobbers, garment manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Contacts alread yestablished with grr.ups ranging from cotton producers to retail merchants assure the greatest participation in Hie history, the Council president said. "National Cotton Week Is one of the okicsl and most widely obsej veil annual events honoring a commodity." Mr. Young said. "It Ls only fitting that this should be true as (.•ottou provides the major source of income to nearly 13,000000 Americans. "We are especially confident that Ihe 1950 cotton week will be celc- braied widely In the 18 states of the CoUon licit." the cotton leader continued. "In addition la the mer- chanciishij; of cotton goods, (he week provides our cotton people with an outstanding opportunity for .staging carnivals, cotton b'llls, and other civic events." Tile coining year marks the first time Hint tile National Cotton Council assumes complete direction of all Cotton Week activities. Arkansas Day At Houston Hog Show is Feb. 10 HOUSTON, Tex., Dec. 30.—Fcbru- _ ary 10 will be Arkansas Day at the j 1950 Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition during its 12- day run, beginning February 1. in spacious Sam Houston Coliseum. Special recognition will be given to delegations from Arkansas who have been invited to participate in the special days,' President W. A. Lee said, Roy Rogers, western motion picture ami radio star, and his troupe will headline 18 performances of the worki's championship rodeo. With Rogers will be his actress wife, Dale Evans; Foy Willing and the Rulers "I the Purple Sage, and States Fall Pig Crop Shows 10 Per Cent Gain The 1940 fall pin crop in Arkansas Is estimated at 021,000, an increase of 10 percent over the 1058 spring crop but 12 percent below the 1933-1047 average, according to the State and Federal Crop Reporting Service. The 1049 spring crop. 781,000 head, was 21 percent more than the Rogers' educated Palomino, "Trigger." Top professional cowboys from throughout the natlim will compete, for approximately S45,0<X) In rodeo prjr.ses and entry fees. A world-famous calf scramble ha.s been set for every performance. Wilh entries already in the stock show office added to those due to come in belorc the final ttiHiiillnc on Jan. 15, livestock oilicials are predicting the 1!150 total will pass la.tt year's Q.?y>. Premiums offered in the live-stock department will exceed S50.000. \ A half million persons from throughout the United Stales arc expected for Ihe 1050 show. Room for Doubt LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 30—M')— "Thirty days hath September , . . " —But one Arkansas citizen apparently isn't convinced- He sent to the Bureau of Vital Statistics here an affidavit attest- spving crop a year earlier, and only two percent, less than the 10 year average. The combined pig crop was the largest in the last six year.s, tiie Service said. Tiie average number of pigs saved per litter wa.s 6.3 In Ihe spring and 0.1 in I be fall, both slightly above 1948. Kojiort. 1 ; of Arkansas farmers on breeding intentions Indicate that 124.000 sows will farrow during the spring of 1950, the same number I that farrowed la-st spring. Ing to the fact that his child was I In spite of the official documesl born on Sept. 31, I94U. the bureau has its doubts. KEROSENE and FUEL OIL G.O.PoetzOilCo. 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