Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 3, 1972 · Page 4
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Monday, January 3, 1972
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Heartland Mosaic :;:;:::i:::::::::S^ ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., JAN. 3, 1972 Page 4 Farm Recession with Crop Abundance the small society by Brick man (Editor's note: In a recent tour of America's agricultural heartland, AP Farm Writer Don Kendall found a mosaic of economic recession, crop abundance and disappointed independent farmers. He describes that mosaic in the first of a two-part series.) By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Times are so tough on many superabundant American farms that corn-raiser Leon Todd thinks a good drought might improve conditions. Record harvests, including an overflowing corn crop, were binned this year. But grain prices are down and inflation has boosted costs. Despite this year's record output, net farm income for 1971 is not expected to exceed last year's $15.7 billion. A result of stagnant income is often hardship amid plenty for the independent farmer whether he works his land full time or must have a second job in town to make ends meet. So Todd views the sfee of his current corn crop as a burden. "What it would take to snap us out of it would be drought next year," he added in an interview. By Hal Boyle "And that wouldn't help in the near future," the Boone farmer added, outlining a problem that affects him and many of his fellow farmers: "I don't want to be a crybaby, but in 1950 I sold corn for $1.45 or $1.50 a bushel. Three years later I bought a brand new tractor for $2,400. Now, the same tractor will cost $7,000 or $8,000 and corn's worth a dollar." President Nixon has promised relief for farmers and government economists say things will get better next year. Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz, a controversial new face in the Cabinet, says he'll help the family farmer. But Democratic critics say the farm plight is a result of GOP mismanagement and that Butz, challenged in Senate confirmation proceedings for his previous ties with the agriculture industry, has no great feeling for the small farmer. Butz denies this. An Associated Press survey shows farmers are more disappointed than angry about conditions. The squeeze, really a recession, has been on them for a long time in the form of rising production costs and lower returns on investment. "It depends entirely who you are talking to," said C. R. Johnston, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. "Almost all farmers are concerned over the cost-price squeeze over the long pull, but right now grain farmers are concerned because dock strikes and transportation shortages are restricting exports of grain, mainly soybeans and corn." Cleo Stone, who farms 300 acres near Tifton, Ga., says "our politicians just don't care anymore. They are more interested in cheap food for the consumer and the resulting vote from that big majority." Figures show a deep and continuing drop in the farm population that was more than 30 million in 1940. The number dropped to 15 million in 1960 and today fewer than 10 million persons live on fewer than three million farms. By 1980 about seven million persons are expected to live on a remaining two million farms. But despite a drop in the number of farmers, politicians are showing a renewed interest in their plight as they look to election year. Although only 5 per cent of the national population, farmers, aided by small towns which depend on them, can figure strongly in state and congressional races. Farmers' impact on presidential elections is harder to gauge, but most farm states went for President Nixon in the 1968 election. The price of corn has been a rallying cry both for the Nixon administration, which has pledged government purchases and other measures to help boost it, and for political opponents seeking even more drastic and direct remedies. Yet for hundreds of thousands of small, low-income farmers a 20-cent boost in wage rates would help more than a similar hike in the corn price. These are the farmers who must work at jobs in nearby towns to make ends meet. Farmers in the lowest-income category computed by the government are those who sell $2,500 or less in crops or livestock annually. As a group they account for about 40 per cent of all the farmers in the country, but produce less than three per cent of the nation's food and fiber. At the other end of the scale are bigger farmers who gross $40,000 a year or more from selling crops and livestock. Although representing less than eight per cent of the farmers they produce more than half the commodities. Farmers interviewed about current conditions expressed views ranging from deep-seated worry to mild concern. Some comments: — E. B. Gee Sr., who operates 30,000 acres in Arkansas, mostly soybeans, cotton and corn: "Some do well, some don't ... the old ones are scared and have been for some time. The younger generation hasn't experience economic hard times and unless you have no one can fully realize it." — Stanley Ewald, Brooten, Minn., a dairyman, said dairy farmers have had it better recently "but they're so busy they don't have time to spend their money." — Donald Crane, 47, Wright, Kan., president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, who farms 1,600 acres, says many farmers have lost faith in the federal government and consider themselves "victims of an economic shuffle for the consumer's dollar," Next: Dilemmas of family farmers. WWAT Vt?Yo01UlH\< OF TUB N&W TAX S\LL? WMhln«t«ft U \9t Syndicate. Inc / AMP "TWB. SMALL We TAtfsTH AWAY- By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday, Jan. 3, the third There are 363 days left in Annual Fuzzy Forecast Given By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - What lies ahead in the New Year? Well, according to our Annual Fuzzy Forecast, if you can afford to, it will be a great time to hibernate or spend in the basement making dandelion wine. There will be a lot to do in 1972, naturally, but people will expect to get a lot more money for doing it. They won't get as much as they hope for, however, and many of us who have been eating high on the hog will have to go on a diet of pig knuckles. Cooked in white wine and served with champagne, they aren't half bad. About the best advice you can give anyone who has steady work in 1972 is."Keep it to yourself — if anybody finds out, he may try to take it away from you." A glance at the old crystal ball also reveals: The major problem facing everybody old enough to vote is whether life is really worth living in America during a national election year. The production of political promises will become the nation's chief industry. The presidential ring will be full of hopeful hats, and behind every hat will be a desperate politician trying to talk through it. Many of these aspirants will borrow chicken money from their mothers to make the race. The final contestants will be Muskie and Lindsay versus Nixon and Agnew. Who will win? The best men, of course. That's why we have elections, it says here. No reason for undue exultation confronts two great segments of our people- the old and the young. The old will find Opbd Today is day of 1972. the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1777, George Washington's forces won a major battle in the Revolutionary War, defeating the British at Princeton, N. J. On this date — In 1919, Herbert Hoover was named director general for the relief of liberated nations in Europe after World War I. In 1935, 90 per cent of the people in the Saar voted for reunion with Germany. In 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized. In 1942, in World War II, the Japanese siege of Bataan in the Philippines began. In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state. In 1967, the slayer of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, died of cancer in a Dallas hospital. Ten years ago; Portuguese Premier Antonio de Oliveira Salazar said Portugal would quit the United Nations, but set no date. Five years ago: The U. S. Command in Saigon announced that more than 20,000 Viet Cong had defected in the past year. One year ago; U. S. warplanes hammered suspected enemy supply lines in Laos and Cambodia. Today's birthdays: Actor RayMillandis 65. Hockey star Bobby Hull is 33. Thought for today: Curses are like processions. They return to the place from which they came — Giovanni Ruffini, Italian writer, 1807-1881. Around Iowa After seeing the National Geographic film concerning, apes, monkeys, and man, it seems likely that Darwin wasn't wrong, after all. I wish thre were more films like this. "Lighter Side,"*toew Hampton Tribune. See where the Air Force Academy graduate who resigned as a conscientious objector got a bill from Uncle Sam for $53,575 for his education. We think the price a little high, but the idea is sound. "Cas Log," Red Oak Express. Different shades and combinations of the primary colors have other connotations than the color. Purple gives the idea of regality or ornateness, but, also, it can describe rage. People who are in the pink are not necessarily light red. And something dismal and cheerless can be called grey, though it may be a combination of sombre colors, or a "grey day." "Frying Pans and Fancies," Independence Bulletin-Journal. AILY NEWS Monday Graffitti yilllllllllllllllllllMlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllinilMIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIMIIMIIIIIMIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIU An independent newspaper published | "Monday through Friday," except prin- f cipal holidays, excluding February 22 and | Veterans Day. Second class postage paid | at Estherville, Iowa. = AILY NEWS s E i Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, T e r r i 1, Graettinger and Superior, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Stan Brotherton, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager; Randy Shierk, Shopper Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. MM! Illlllllllll Ill Illllllllllllllllll Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltllllllllllllllllllll HI AND LOIS it harder to live on small money during a creeping inflation; the young will find it harder to find the jobs they need to prove their talent. Several politicians will attempt to weld these unhappy old people and these discontented young people into a national political bloc. The attempts will fail because neither the old nor the young of this country have enough faith in each other. The world front: There are no great wars planned in 1972 — only a few new small sporadic ones hardly worth mentioning here. The present small wars will go on as usual. The international scene can best be depicted by a cartoon showing Uncle Sam, China, Japan, Russia, India and West Germany standing in a circle and patting the one in front of him on the back. Each will also be looking back to be sure it is a hand and not a dagger. An English naturalist will claim he has discovered a new bird-the great hammer- beaked twitterbill. Three Soviet ornithologists will make sworn statements that empress Catherine the Great of Russia had five great hammer-beaked twitterbills in her court aviary at all times. On the domestic front: Harvard will drop ten courses in advanced physics and add ten courses in how to speak and write in Mandarin Chinese. A top official of a world population control agency will try quietly to resign after his wife gives birth to quintuplets. Prophets of five obscure religious sects will proclaim five days on which the world will come to an end during the year. It won't. Like everybody else, the world is trying to hold on until 1973. Well, I guess that about wraps up our Annual Fuzzy Forecast for 1972. KIRBY Designed to Begrin Your Week Right DONT YOU WANT AN ARTIFICIAL FLOWER TO PUT ON THE ANTENNA SO YOU CAN FIND IT TONI6HT? ARCHIE •? "si JUGHEAD IS 1^-— ^ AT THE EVERYTHING'S V^LE'T 00 ON THE TABLE ! )... WHAT WE'RE JUST << MAKES WAITING FOR A YOU THINK THE HOT ROLLS.') A &Yt. l>-> ^ WA,T ? YOU FORGOT YOU LEFT YOUR KNITTING' NEEDLES IN THERE/ BEETLE BAILEY "That sure WAS a surprise party She actually gave her right age!" What else did you get your boy for Christmas?' Esther Maid Grade A Dairy Products ":''";:,;':",:„.•

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