Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 18, 1977 · Page 19
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 19

Garden City, Kansas
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Friday, November 18, 1977
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30-DAY FftfCIPfTATfON OUTtOOK 30-DAr TfMPfJUTUJtf OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (Jurelen O.liy Telpprum Friday, November 18. I'J77 Food Prices Continue 'SeeminglyInexorableRise' WASHINGTON (AP) Food prices will continue their "seemingly inexorable rise" next year, with the average family's food budget increasing 4 to 6 percent, a government economist says. Kenneth R. Farrell, acting chief of the Economic Research Service in the Agriculture Department, said most of the increase will be due to higher costs for transporting, processing and selling food after it leaves the farm. Another important factor will be higher sugar prices and their effect on a wide range of products, including soft drinks and bakery goods, Farrell said in a speech prepared for delivery to the annual Food and Agricultural Outlook Conference. The conference concluded today. Price predictions for 1978 are tentative. They may change due to a number of uncertain factors, including the weather, energy costs and the impact of food legislation, he said. For example, a new price support program for U.S. sugar producers has just been implemented, and President Carter has imposed new duties on imported sugar. Congress is considering ratification of an international sugar agreement aimed at Xylitol, Tumors Linked Weather Outlook This map shows the 30-day precipitation and temperature outlook for the nation according to the National Weather Service. (AP Laserphoto Map). 'Singles Celebration' Set for Sunday Evening STONYBROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers here said Tuesday they had been notified by the U.S. Public Health Service that preliminary reports showed a chewing gum sweetener called Xylitol caused tumors in laboratory animals. The researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook cited the reports in announcing they have suspended a project in which school children had just begun chewing gum containing Xyli- tol. The school children, 300 sixth graders in the William Floyd Union Free School District on Long Island, had been chewing the gum for only three days when the project was halted, the university said. The maximum amount of gum any child had chewed was nine sticks, university officials said. Researchers at Stony Brook's School of Dental Medicine had been studying the possible beneficial effects on dental decay of two sugar- free chewing gums, one of which was sweetened by Xylitol and the other a natural sweetener called Sorbitol. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., headquartered in Chicago, recently introduced a brand of gum called Orbit containing Xylitol. Manufacturers have been looking for alternatives to saccharin, which has been found to produce tumors in animals and may be banned. boosting global sugar prices. Farrell said there is little doubt that the new domestic price support program, aimed at guaranteeing domestic producers, the equivalent of 13.5 cents a pound for sugarcane and sugar beets, "will significantly influence U.S. food prices" next year. "It has been estimated that increasing the sugar support price to 13.5 cents per pound of raw product equivalent alone will increase domestic food expenditures in 1978 by one- half of 1 percent," Farrell said. The Carter administration also has announced its intention of curbing grain plantings next year by requiring farmers to set aside 20 percent of their wheat land and 10 percent of their corn acreage from crop output. Department officials say, however, that those programs will not increase consumer food prices because of huge reserves of U.S. wheat and corn. Prospective large exports of grain to the Soviet Union and rumors that China may want grain are not expected to affect food prices significantly. Overall, retail food prices this year are up 6.5 percent from 1976, he said, compared with a gain of 3.1 percent last year. Retail food prices soared 14.5 percent annually in 1973 and 1974 and then slowed to an 8.5 percent increase in 1975. Farrell said grocery store food prices this year are expected to average about 6 percent more than in 1976, while food eaten away from home is up about 8 percent. "Coffee prices alone will account for about half of the 6 percent rise in average grocery store prices in 1977," Farrell said. "The entire imported foods and fish group will contribute over three- fifths of the total." But for 1978, he said, "It appears that most of the pressure on food prices will be derived from increased costs in the marketing sector and relatively less from imported foods and fish." SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL SWEETHEART STEAK FOR 2 CHOICE OF POTATO AND TOAST $729 K.C. STRIP CHOICE OF POTATO AND TOAST $399 GIVE YOURSELF A LIFT If you're one of more than 4,000 Garden City adults who is .single^ you. may be .interested in joining the second monthly ''Singles Celebration" for persons who are divorced, widowed or who have never married. It's set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church. Based on the 1970 census, one out of every three persons over 18 in Garden City is single, according to Frederick Hakes, who is modeling the singles organization on a similar group in Wichita. Purpose of the group is to celebrate singleness and share concerns common to all single persons. Groups within the gathering will later make plans for travel, dinners, dances, discussion sessions or other activities for singles. "We're not a matchmaking service," Hakes said. "But it's obviously a great opportunity to meet other single people." Approximately 70 persons attended the organization's meeting in October. Subsequent meetings have been tentatively scheduled for the third Sunday each month at Fellowship Hall, United Methodist Church. This Sunday, entertainment will be provided by well- known area pianist, the Rev. Robert Allen, pastor of the Farm Debt Climbing WASHINGTON (AP) Farmers will owe a record $118.7 billion by the first of the year, a jump of more than 15 percent from $102.7 billion at the beginning of 1977, according to Agriculture Department analysts. "The estimated $16 billion rise in outstanding debt seen in the past year will be a record by a sizable margin," John E. Lee Jr. of the department's Economic Research Service said Wednesday. Meantime, he said, "The cash flow position of U.S. farmers has deteriorated" and net cash income this year from farming will be the smallest since the early 1970s. Farmers' "realized net income" or the money they have left over after paying production costs is estimated at $20 billion this year, down from $21.9 billion in 1976, he said. AUTO CARE TOTAL CAR CLEANING Service ft Undercoat Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Merlin Reith, pastor of . Trinity Lutheran Church, will speak on the topic of "How to Cope with Loneliness." Admission is $1 and a snack of some sort. Beverages will be provided. Hakes is planning to publish a newsletter which will include a calendar of events of interest to single persons. For your college student— homework takes a holiday. • Touch . .. cartridge is ejected. • Push .. . cartridge is ready to go. • Never. . . again touch a ribbon. • Elegant, all-electric and filled with features to make your homework and letters a writing achievement rather than a typing chore. SMITH-CORONA® Coronamatic 1200 709 Jones 2755698 \i SOUTHWESTERN BUSINESS SYSTEMS Dr. M. D. Niedens Chiropractic Office 811 Main Garden City OF Serving Only USOA B«tf Hours 8:30-5:30 Thurs.-Sat. 8:30-12 NORTH HIGHWAY 83 GARDEN CITY, US. 8th & Kansas Phone 276-7638 In The Eastgate Shopping Center 1315 E. Kansas Avenue

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