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Garden City Co-op Neutral on Strike Garden Cily Telegram Wednesday, November 16. 1977 Page 3 Garden City Co-op Inc. is taking a neutral position in the strike proposed by the American Agriculture movement, about 1,300 persons were told Tuesday night at the 58th annual meeting. The meeting at Exhibition Hall was one of the largest in Co-op history. It was also the first time non-producer members had been invited. "In as much as we have members on both sides of the strike question, it is believed by the board of directors that we should remain neutral on this political question," said Frank Lighlner, president. "When it comes to the possibility of the Garden City Co-op closing its doors on Dec. 14, this then becomes a legal question, and our attorneys advise us that we are subject to suits from minority members who would suffer some damage from our being closed," Lightner said. "Also, Garden City Co-op is not allowed by law to make any contribution towards the agricultural strike because it could be construed as a political contribution, which is illegal under present laws." Lightner added that the Coop board is in sympathy with the producers and members involved in the strike. Garden City Co-op, one of the largest in the state, had sales of $37,200,000 this year, compared with $40,193,000 last year. "We believe that our Promark program and cooperatives in general are working towards a more organized marketing structure for producers," said Lighlner. * * "I believe that cooperatives, especially with Promark, can be a slablilizing influence in the economy of our members. There is nothing that can guarantee a large price for grain with the surplus we have." Harley Foulks, Co-op manager, also discussed Promark, a marketing program where producers pool their grain, employ expert marketing merchandisers and set up long range sales contracts with domestic and foreign buyers. "It is our intention to deliver a quality product and have the quantity on hand that these buyers may need," said Foulks. "I view Promark as very similar to what the agricultural strike people are now talking, in that they want to put a 'price on their grain. Promark will not be able to substantially affect the market until we have enough bushels under some type of contract. Foulks called Promark, or a similar type marketing program, "a must for producers." "We believe producers must receive a fair economic share of the dollar that is spent in the market place. The only way this can be legally accomplished under existing laws, is through some organization set up under the Capper-Volsted Act. I would urge any of you who are actively involved in the agricultural strike to pursue this type of legal entity in order to further the program you are now discussing." Foulks also discussed a lawsuit by the private grain trade against USD A Secretary Bergland. Foulks spenl most of last week listening to teslimony in Topeka. "It was very interesting to hear agriculture experts on world markets and US agriculture policies sit in a federal court and testify under oath that agriculture producers are not in 1 any serious economic crisis. "The private grain trade presented two expert witnesses. One was a vice- president with Continental Grain Co. and the other an economics professor from Harvard. Both testified that the farmer is not in a current economic crisis. "Mr. Palmby of Continenlal stated thai a few farmers may have a cash flow problem. He also slated lhal he believed it was in the best interest of the American producers when Continenlal Grain sold Argentina wheat to Japan. Mr. Palmby, as you will recall, was Ihe assislanl secrelary of Agriculture, who accompanied Secretary Butz lo Russia, prior lo Ihe large THE DRIVERS of the pickup, right, and car, above, were both injured Tuesday afternoon when their vehicles collided at an intersection east of Garden City. Injured in Collision grain sales Co Russia. Upon his |\ A lf\ {2 £\ K f\ Q r-\ return from Russia, he shortly I W W Vj d I Ul O I I thereafter joined Continental. Grain Co. and within a matter of Iwo weeks lime, Ihe sale was announced, whereby Continental had sold considerable grain to Russia." Foulks drew a round of applause, when he said: "I don'l believe Mr. Palmby should be considered an ex- perl representing the farmer as to their economic needs." Service awards were given to long-time Co-op employees and 4-H members were also recognized. The Plainsmen, a popular singing group, entertained for about an hour. Two persons were injured late Tuesday afternoon in a two-car collision east of Garden City at the intersection of Kansas Avenue extension and US 83 Spur. Michael Horn, 17, 1611 N. lllh, was treated and released from SI. Catherine Hospital following the 5.: 18 p.m. accident. Driver of Ihe other vehicle David L. Ramsey, 37, 2110 Apache, was also taken to St. Calherine. His condilion reporl wasn't available Wednesday morning. Two passengers in Ramsey's vehicle weren'l injured. A 1961 Ford pickup Iruck driven by Horn and a 1975 Ponliac sedan driven by Ramsey were both listed as total losses. 'Derailed Ovens' Dangerous Strike Would 'Shake Nation' deaths By The Associated Press 'A call to unite arid strike Has gone out to the traditionally independent American farmer — and there is evidence he is listening. The appeal comes from American Agriculture, a group of disgruntled farmers in Colorado who say they are lired of selling their milo, wheal and corn for less than it costs to produce. "We're working for one common goal —100 percent of parity for all products thai we produce," said Dale Schroder, a spokesman for the fledgling group. "We ask for no subsidies; we're willing to take our chances with the elements. But we want a contract from the government as to how much any individual farmer is expected to produce," he said. The movement lo unite farmers appears to be spreading. Farmers in Washington, Nebraska, Kansas and Georgia have staged marches and "trac- lorcades" to call attention to their plight. "We're getting really strong in about 30 slates," said Schroder. "And I think we'll have a really good turnout on this thing. I feel we're going to come out of this with support like you wouldn't believe." American Agriculture has named Dec. 14 as strike day. Farmers have been asked to withhold all produce from the market and to boycott all but essential goods after, thai date. " ' •- : - -•••'- •• "•' "We're not going to buy a damned thing," Schroder said. "We consume 40 percent of the steel made in the United States. If it goes to the 14th, this thing is going to shake this nation to the core." Parity, the issue on which the strikers have focused, is a term lo describe a "fair" price for farm products in relation to the farmer's cost of living. Farm prices in mid- October were just under 65 percent of parity for most products. "We want a reasonable profit, 1 : said Tommy Carter of Alma, Ga. "How many common workers and laborers would be willing to get 64 percent of the salary they should be receiving? Well, that's what we get for our crops." Georgia is a stronghold for strike supporters. Larry Lee, spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council and a former Georgian, said everything bad that can happen in farming happened in Georgia this year. "From drought lo army worms to aflatoxin (a fungus which attacks corn and soybeans) — all but aboul 30 counties have been declared disaster areas," said Lee. Few observers give the strike much chance of success. Lee said the most that farmers can do is call attention to their problems. Tom D. WilkJSOn grandchildren and one great- SCOTT CITY - Tom D. g randchild ' Wilkison, 44, died Tuesday at Funeral will be 2 p.m. Veterans Administration Friday at the church, the Rev. Hospital, Wichita. Robert Jefferies officiating. He was born April 15,1933 at Burial will be in Haskell Dighlon and married Deloris County Cemetery, Sublette. 1958 The Markets Wheat Milo Corn $2.40 unchg. $3.15 up 5 $2.05 up 5 (Prices at 12:30 p.m. today it Garden City Co-op.) 1 p.m. Stocks Allied Supplies 2 : '» American Cyanamid 26 American Motors -1 American Brands 4S->H Anaconda 52"» AT&T • 61'A Beech Aircraft 27*. Bethlehem Steel 21 Boeing 28 ; l» Chrysler H'/H Cities Service 5B» Colorado Interstate 21 Dillons 32*, DuPont 12H4 Eastman Kodak 54 El Paso NG 17'a Ford 45 General Electric 52 General Motors 66% Halliburton 63% IBM 261'A International Harvester 29% International Paper 41'/ B KNB 23V» Mar Cor 22'A National Distributor 22'« Northern Natural 4(B.i PanEPL 44" 4 Penney JC 36 Phillips Petroleum 30" j ProclorGamble 83 : U RCA 28'/H Santa Fe Industries 37'.2 Sears 30 ; 'j Sperry Hand 35 :l » Standard Oil Indiana 4B',» Standard Oil New Jersey 48',-.. Texaco ,. "^ United State Steel 30 Westinghouse Electric 18'/i Woolworth 19 *» DOW JONES AVERAGE Dow Jones average of 30 industrials at 1 p.m. was down 1.39 at 839.48. LIVE BEEF FUTURES Dec. Feb. Apr. June High 41.50 39.00 38.90 40.65 Low 40.87 38.60 38.50 40.27 Close 41.47 39.00 38.90 40.62 Garden City Sale Co. Receipts: 217 Hogs Top butcher hogs selling at $37 lo $38. Heavy hogs weighing 250 pounds lo 285 pounds sold from $31 to $36.50. Light hogs sold at $35. Sows sold from $29 to $30. E. Helzer June 12, 1958 at Dighton. He was a custodian at Scott Community High and lived here since 1959. He attended the Church of the Nazarene, VFW and Alcoholics Anonymous, all of Scotl Cily. Survivors include the widow; a son, Timothy, of the home; two daughters, Inez and Tonya, both of the home; Iwo brothers, Bob, Dighton, and Kenny, Logan; and two sisters, Mrs. Maxine Sutherlin, Grand Junction, Colo., and Mrs. Shirley Wiley, Detroit. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Glen Dayton officiating. Burial will be in Dighlon Memorial Cemetery with military honors by the Dighlon American Legion. Friends may call unlil service time at Weinmann- Price Funeral Home, Scotl Cily. Family suggesls memorials lo Ihe church. Ethel Louise Orth SUBLETTE — Ethel Louise Orth, 69, died Tuesday morning at her home following a sudden illness. She was born- Ethel McCoy May 2, 1908 at Old Santa Fe, and married Wallace Edward Orth Aug. 5,1934 at Syracuse. She was a lifetime Haskell County resident. She was a member of the United Methodisl Church, WSCS, all of Sublelle; and Kansas^ Federation of Women's Clubs. Survivors include widower; a son, Robert D., Sublette; a daughter, Mrs. Sara Rouch, San Diego, Calif.; five Family suggests memorials lo the church. Phillips-White Funeral Home, Garden Cily, is in charge of arrangemenls. Dusty Wade Fine Graveside service for Dusty Wade Fine, three-day-old son of Gena Wade Fine, 709 Pennsylvania, was Tuesday morning at Valley View Cemetery. He was born Thursday al St. Catherine Hospital and died Sunday al Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Additional survivors include grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tabor, 709 Pennsylvania, and Clarence Eugene Fine, 205 S. llth; and great- grandparenls, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Warren, S. Slar Rl. Prepaid Legal Meeting The Public Division of Prepaid Legal Services, Inc., will meet al the Combine Room at Ihe Wheallands Motel 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Anyone interested is invited lo attend. NORTH BEND, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska Department — Federal investigators, the of Health Tuesday said it Union Pacific Railroad and would set up a station in the Sears, Roebuck all are trying Norlh Bend area for persons to find out whal happened lo who acquired ovens to lest 570 microwave ovens that I hem. were sold for salvage Government regulations re- following a Irain derailment quire lhal ovens be registered two weeks ago. at Ihe time of purchase so de- Food and Drug Adminis- fective ovens can be tracked iralion -investigators fear the dowti for repairs, some of the damaged ovens Sears, via newspaper ad- might have been sold and vertisemenls, said it would not could be leaking radiation, a be responsible for warranties spokesman said. or refunds Twenty-seven cars of a Union Pacific Tuesday Union Pacific freight train issued a statement warning of derailed Oct. 29 at North Bend the danger and asked persons in eastern Nebraska. who acquired ovens to notify A Union Pacific spokesman ihe railroad, said the railroad believed the However, Sears sent a tele- great majority of the ovens gram to Union Pacific "were just plain junk" follow- Tuesday criticizing the ing the derailment. railroad for the manner in "I don't think we're talking which materials from the aboul more than a very few wreck were disposed of. ovens lhal could be in any The railroad spokesman shape to cook anything," he said Union Pacific's said. procedure following a train An FDA spokesman said the wreck usually is lo take bids agency is trying to find out from salvage firms, with the what happened lo Ihe ovens highesl bidder winning a and prevent them from being contract to clean up the mess. sold. How dealers dispose nf the "As far as we're concerned Cusick, who bought some of ihe salvage from Mulhair, said Ihe derailment scene was chaotic in the hours following Ihe accident. "Looting was tremendous up there," Cusick said. Contacted Tuesday, Mulhair said he didn't sell any ovens "other than junk on the ground." Dighton Housing Nearer Reality there are 570 ovens unaccounted for," said spokesman Mike Shaffer. "The worst thing that could happen is lhal energy could escape from damaged ovens and someone could be seriously injured." The ovens, manufaclured in Japan for Sears, were bound for the East Coast. There were 680 in all, bul 110 of Ihose were accounted for by Richard Cusick, a Fremont salvage dealer who said he saw them destroyed at trackside or in Fre- monl. salvage is their business, the spokesman said. "All we know is this," said Ihe spokesman. "We sold piles of junk lo salvage companies and they have told us they did not re-sell any ovens. Anything surviving a derailment is shipped on to its destination. Junk is sold for salvage." He would not say who won the salvage bidding for the North Bend accident, but it was blearned thai the contract went to Charles Mulhairof Niobrara. American Wheat Sold to China? UIGHTON — Forward motion toward the construction of a 24-unit senior citizens' housing complex is continuing here. Mike Campbell, secretary- Ireasurer of the Dighton Housing Authority, said Wednesday Ihe authority is assured of raising its required iwo percent of total construction cost for the $451,500 building project. The housing authority had received $8,150 in contributions for the complex by Ihe Nov. 15 deadline. Thai left the authority $880 short of the $9,030 goal, Campbell said, but Ihe additional money has been assured by a pledge of up to $3,000 from the Lane County Area Development Group. The Nov. 15 deadline was set by Vern Nelson and Associates, Shawnee Mission, the architectural firm drawing the plans for the complex. The housing authority was told by the firm lo raise the money as close as possible to the deadline. Campbell said the next step toward eventual construction of the complex would be notification to the Farmers Home Administration that the money has been raised and the submission of the architects' plans to the administration for approval. would pay 98 percent of construction costs. The FmHA requires local authorities lo provide 2 percent of con- slruclion cost on building projects. Campbell said chances for final approval from Ihe FmHA were good. The FmHA already has approved a pre- application for a loan. Bids will probably be taken on Ihe project within 60 days, Campbell said, with const ruciion beginning as soon as weather permits in the spring. Originally, the authority aiiempled to raise a minimum of $8,500 lo cover its 2 percent of construction costs. That figure was altered when a $451,500 bid was accepted on an identical housing complex in Plainville. Two percent of lhal total cost is $9,030. The housing authority may have to raise up to $10,000 to cover any increases in construction costs before bids are let, Campbell said. Any additional money needed will be covered by the Lane County Development Group pledge. The complex will contain six Iwo-bedroom apartments and 18 one-bedroom apartments. Lane County residents 62 years of age and older will be eligible as residents of the complex. A representative from Vern Saturday Deemed 'Family Day' Mayor Duane West has proclaimed Saturday as Family Day. The proclamation was issued locally at the request of the Eagle Forum. The document urges "all citizens to recognize the importance of Ihe family unit and to work to strengthen the ties within their own families on this day and in the years to come." The document says the family is "the,basic unit of society and the foundation of civilization; a society composed of strong families is fortified to combat destructive forces which would otherwise undermine individuals and nations; and an individual's character and foundation for useful and happy living are determined primarily by influences within the home."' OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — lion to 50 million bushels of An Oklahoma congressman American wheat to China, says his office has learned "by There has been no con- accident" of the sale of 20 mil- firmation of the sale from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, however. But Rep. Glenn English, a Democrat, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that "a highly placed USDA official has confirmed to me that the department is aware" of the transaction. Grain companies are required to report to the USDA any sales to foreign countries within 24 hours after a tran- saclion is made. English, who is touring his wheat-rich western Oklahoma congressional district, said he understands that intermediaries are being used by the American grain companies and that the sale has not been reported to the USDA. Because intermediaries were used, English said USDA officials "have not proved" the sale and would nol make an announcemenl unlil they had more details. He said he did nol have details of the sale or Ihe companies involved. English said an aide "learned of Ihe sale by accident" during a discussion with representatives of the Foreign Agricultural Service. He said he contacted the USDA and "a high official confirmed the fact thai (he USDA knew a sale of Ihis size has been made." English added he is hopeful Ihe sale would help boost the price farmers receive for wheat. The USDA and the Carter administration have come under fire from Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla., for not actively pursuing grain sales to China. Nelson and Associates was The architectural firm also scheduled lo arrive in Dighlon will submit a final application today to begin inspection of to the FmHA for a loan lhal the construction site. Wheat Set-Aside 'Unnecessary' KANSAS CITY (AP) — The publisher of Milling & Baking News, the authoritative journal of the hard red winter wheat irade, says the proposed set-aside in wheat acreage is unnecessary because of the shortfall in the Soviet harvest. Martin Sosland, speaking Tuesday before an agricultural bankers' group, said the 20 per cent acreage set-aside program announced by Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland is unnecessary. He said the Soviet Union may purchase 15 million tons of U.S. grain in the next year. "The wisest gamble the Carter administration could take is to cancel the program requirement lhal wheal growers must devote 20 per cent of their areage lo conserving uses in order to be eligible for price support loans and target price payments on the 1978 crop," Sosland said. "Right now is noi too late to take that actio.., since indications are thai winter wheat was seeded this fall to the maximum area, with growers planning to cut back later to comply with the set-aside." On Ihe Kansas Cily and Chicago boards of trade Tuesday, wheal futures prices went up as much as 6 l /i cenls per bushel in response lo an announcemenl Monday of a sale of 100,000 metric tons of wheat to the Soviet Union. \

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