The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1966 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 13, 1966
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BlythevUlt (Ark.) Courier N«ws - Tuesday, December 1J 19«- Pig« Threi Agriculture Had Year r Fellah means "plowman" or "(iller'5' in Arabic. It it Used in Arabic-speaking countries, especially Egypt, to designate the peasantry as opposed to the Arabs of the desert and city. It has. been estimated thefe one of every two persons it':, the United States will have" had at least one X-ray exanlg ination or treatment before thC end of 1966.. . jg By OVTD A. MARTIN AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) American agriculture enjoyed a good year in 1966 with income improving and rising food demand helping to eliminate some costly and burdensome surpluses. The Agriculture Department said net farm income climbed to $16.2 billion, the highest since 1947. This was $2 billion more than in 1965. Net income is the amount producers have after paying production costs. During the year there was a sharp and unexpected decline in big stocks of grains and dairy products. These had accumulated in recent years under government farm price supports or guarantees. Because of the decline, the government released its production control brakes on these crops and asked farmers to increase production rather sharp- ply in 1967. Larger wheat and feed grains crops are needed if the nation is to continue to help amply feed tile hungry abroad and its own people. The 1967 crop acreage may climb to around 325 to 330 million acres, compared with the 300 million used in 1966. Contributing largely to the 1966 increase in agricultural earnings was an increase in farm prices, averaging around six per cent over 1965, and an increase in g overnment payments to farmers for complying with crop adjustment programs. These payments have been estimated at a record high of $3.4 billion, up $900 million from the previous year. Crop production in 1966 declined about four per cent from the record high set in 1965. Livestock production held at about the high of 1965. Farm and food price advances figured prominently in the attention of consumers and political leaders. Price rises early in the year led to government anti-inflationary actions that led critics to claim the administration was trying to curry the favor of consumers at the expense of farmers. This the administration denied. Later in the year, groups of housewives staged public protests and boycotts against food prices. But farm leaders said producers were not to blame. Even granting that prices had advanced, these leaders said consumers were getting their food for the-smallest portion of their take-home pay in history. It was a relatively minor year from the standpoint of farm legislation. Topping the legislative action list was enactment of a new food for freedom law which continued the offer of American food but on the basis that recipient countries do more than they have been doing to expand their own agricultures. Farm exports totaled around $6.9 billion for the year, a record high of more than $500 million over the previous year. Foreign sales may exceed $7 billion in 1967. In 1966 these sales took about 25 per cent of the crop output. Because of increased domestic and foreign demand, the government was called upon to do much less than in other recent years in supporting farm. prices. Many products moved above price support levels. Farm employment declined furtSier, leaving the work force at an annual average of 5.2 million, down 400,000 from the previous year. This was a reduction of almost 50 per cent since 1950. But farmers used more and more labor-saving machinery and equipment. The government says they have more than ?20 billion invested in such equipment. The year saw farm real estate values continue a long advance. The value of farm land and buildings is placed at $14.2 fall* lion, a record high eight per cent above a year earlier. Farm debt eased up, too. This was reported at $45. billion at the end of 1966, up 10 per cent from $41.6 billion a year earlier, The number of farms continued to decline. But there was an increase in size as many producers enlarged their acreages to take advantage of the efficiencies of large operations with big machinery. This decline in farm numbers helped to increase ttie average net income per farm to a record high of around $4,900. This was an increase of 16 per cent over the 1965 average. One • tenth of the world's population indulges in chewing the betel nut, which is native to Malaya but is also cultivated in India, Ceylon and Thailand, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Trestle, Scene Of Accident BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) "Grab the bo and jump! Grab the bo and jump!" Engineer Lawrence Green ihouted to the leeing figures as his train bore down on them on Lovell died apparently trying I snowy trestle. Despite braking power fully applied, the Chesapeake & Ohio freight ground on down the tracks and brought tragedy to a Boy Scout hike Saturday. Howard T. Lovell, 50, leader ef Detroit Troop 586. and John resham, 11. a member of the troop, were killed. Both were from Detroit. Lovell died apparently trying State police said Connors is to shoo young reshm to safely when the train, going 55 miles an hour, caught the Scouts by surprise on the Huron River trestle in Island Lake State Park. Another Scout, 14 year - old Kevin Connors, 14, of Detroit, broke a leg when he jumped 30 feet to the ground. State police said Connors Is deaf and did not hear the train' whistle. He jumped because he saw the others scrambling for safety, officers said. Thirty-four Scout escaped harm, some of them by leaping from the trestle as Connors did. Engineer reGn, 63, of Inkster said the train had rounded a cuve about 200 yards from the trestle when he saw the boys. The Scouts chose the trestle route, which has "no trespa- ing" igns on each end, as a short cut from their campsite to an area a mile away where they planned a cookout, police said. NEWS BRIEFS BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Police are looking for a thief tilled with the Christmas spirit. The culprit entered the apartment of Miss Janita Richardson recentl and departed only with a Christmas tree, valued at $2. LIBERTY. Ky. (AP) -One of the students in an art class begun by a group of women in this farming community had to drop out recently. She is allergic to turpentine. BOSTON (AP) —Massachusetts hunters killed 3.f96 deer during the recent six-day season, according to the State Division of Fisheries and Game. NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) —Students at Silvermine College of Art held an art sale recently that raised $1,000 for the USO in Vietnam. Remember Pay Your Paper Boy HUoId Pien toed tewfs x/fi&i Special $9.95 0 Mm ANOTHER DREIPUS VALUE g 14K GOLD xwt reduced/or this special sale! 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