Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 5, 1978 · Page 8
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 8

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, January 5, 1978
Page 8
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B—Ukiah Daily Journal, Uklah, Galif. Thursday, January 5, 1978 The private forest landowner mar series on maiiagejtient A free semin^p^series on woodland <managenient designed to \a "lR ,sist non- indusfrial forest landowners will be offered by the Farm and Horne Advisor '3 office Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 25. Instructing will be Peter Passof, forest advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension. The schedule of classes is as follows: Jan. 25 —Introduction to the course' — Understanding forest tree growth. Learning how to measure trees, estimate wood volume and predict tree growth. Feb. 8 — A practical review of forest ecology with emphasis on native timber trees. Includes basic information on soils, climate and geography. Feb. 22 — Developing a background in silviculture. Information on harvesting and regeneration systems that are currently employed. March 8 — Protecting your trees against major forest pests, i.e. insects, disease, animals and weeds. Also fire as a threat to woodland owner. March 27 —Forest economics and marketing opportunities. Steps to better timber sales. Selling and developing minor forest products, firewood, Christmas trees. April 5 —A current look at governmental regulations affecting forest landowniers. A review of timber taxation at county, state, and federal levels. April 19 —Finding sources of assistance. Financial incentive program and educational efforts for the small landowner. List of helpful publications. April 29 — A Saturday field . trip to a local .small ownership to review optimum management practices. Number of farms still declining WASHINGTON (UPI) — away from prime agricultural The long, inexorable downward trend in the number of American farms that began 40 years, ago continued through 1977 with another 1 per cent decline, Agriculture Department officials say. A department report predicted there wiJJ be 2.680 million farms left in the country by Jan. 1, down 26,000 frorti a year eatlier. The number was down by 391,000, or nearly 13 percent, from a decade earlier. The 1 percent rate of decline for 1977 was the same reported in every year since 1974, slightly slower than earlier loss rates which ranged from 1.3 percent in 1973 up to 2.9 percent in 1968. The numbers underlined a trend toward fewer but larger farn^p which has been underway since the late 1930's. Agriculture Departnient records show the numl^er of American farms peaked at 6.8 million in 1935 and has been declining ever since. The 1978 forecast of 2.680 million is the smallest number of farms in the country since shortly after 1870 when census takers counted 2.659 million. The decline has not reduced farm production, because farms have been getting larger as well as fewer. The new Agriculture Department report noted, for example, that the average farm in 1978 will have 400 acres compared with 363 acres per farm in 1968. And this year, despite the continuing decline in farm numbers, American farmers harvested the largest volume of crops in history. The report did, however, include a warning si^ for the future. It showed the amount of land in farms in 1978 will be down to 1.072 billion acres, a decline of nearly 3 million acres from 1977. I The latest drop continues a long-time trend which could produce a pinch on the' nation's food-producing ability in the future. Since 1968, the Agriculture Department's estimates show a loss, of nearly 43 million acres in the amount of land being used for farming. This is more than the 34 million acres that the department estimates will be farmed in Iowa next year. ' • Department conservation officials say Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, stepping up a policy begun under the Ford administration, intends tp^ give high priority to finding ways to help states and individuals steer urban-type development land which will be badly needed in future years, Bergland recently appointed a new land use committee to help develop ,future policief^ih-this field, an official noted. Over the course of a single year, this (continuing loss of Agricultural land to other uses)' isn't a critical thing, the official said. "But over a generation, it could be a crisis," added Richard Duesterhaus, an aide to the department's assistant secretary for conservation and r,gsearch. This definition results in a farm count that includes many part-time and retirement farms contributing little to the' nation's commercial farm economy. An estimate based on 1976 farm nunibers shows that 28 percent of the farms operating in that year — those with cash sales over $20,000 — accounted for 86 percent of the nation's farm product sales. , ol»!/ N.w, S.rvlc. Irrigation Institute calls meeting The California Irrigation Iqstutute will meet for its 16th annual session at 8 a.m.- Feb. 22 and 23 at the Hilton Inn in FYesno. The Institute, whose primary mission " is to disseininate education, has chosen the overall topic of "What Have We Learned From The Drought?" This subject will be addressed by many of the leading authorities from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Soil Conservation Service; California Department of Water Resources, University of California, and State Universities; Irrigation Districts, and Farmers. Many things are learned because of necessity and the drought brought out somenew ways of water and energy conservation that should be incorporated into . good management practices on most farms. The agricultural industry uses over, 80 percent of all water used therefore it must be within this industry th^t water must be saved to make any appreciable effect on quantity available for other uses,. Water rights, water policy and politics will be other topics along with ground water supply and usage, and water well drilling and specifications. FOR ALLYOURREAL ESTATE NEEDSCALLI REALTY We specialize in all types of Farm Landand Mountain Property 743-1101 10751 Main St. Potter Valley Q/ColqCYjtXx C LOCAL TRAOIWAimS, DISCRETIOM I5SOMETHIMG THAT COMES TO A MAH WMEki HE IS Too OLD TO P12 .OFIT S >^1T °< IRRIGATION & EQUI.PMENT 1.0W M«rfln«iit COMPANY Ben RUisland Gardener's checklist 1. Cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, beets, chard, onions, and carrots may all be planted now. Artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb divisions are available at nurseries for planting now too. 2. Plant perennials now for bloom in spring and summer. Dephinium, primroses, coral bells, candytuft, columbine and Shasta daisy are but a few of the many available. 3. Dust gladiolus corms with insecticide before planting them to discourage tiny thrips that mar these lovely summer flowers. 4. When planting bareroot shade trees, be sure to prune the tree at planting time tp force dormant! buds to life next spring. Otherwise, branching .will be scant. 5. Bulbs and roots for planting now include Lily of the Valley, Amaryllis hybrids, hardy outdoor lilies and canna roots. . 'that's there when you heed it Modern production agriculture makes every minyie count. Ttiat's why PCA annual financing measures up with'top growers. With a line of credit established, purchasing decisions move ahead on your timetable; you bargain with cash and eliminate paperwork over each transaction. Fast, efficient, dependable ... that's PCA money power for modern agriculture. 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