Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 11, 1974 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

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SHOWING SHEEP — Many Future Farmers and 4rH Club members will be doing in the next few weeks before fair time what these FFA students at Willits high school did for their final vocational agriculture course examination. From left Rodney Myers, Carl Newby, Carol Biele and Don Crawford hold lambs they fitted for showing during their class examination. Robert Wilkins, standing, acted as straw boss. — Photo by Billy Woodward. Revising beef grades won't be easy task By BERNARD BRENNER UPI FARM EDITOR WASHINGTON (UPI) — Revising federal beef grades won't be easy because cattlemen, packers, retailers and consumers can't agree on what to do, ah Agriculture Department specialist says. Pressure for changes in beef grading standards has ' been increasing in recent months. Much of the push has been coming from cattlemen who say new standards could result in , developing a wider market for beef which is tender and palatable but needs less grain feeding than the currently- popular Choice grade. "But the meat industry is in great disagreement on what, if anything, should be done about grading," says John C. Pierce, head of the livestock division of the Agriculture Department's Agricultural Marketing Service. The AMS sets beef grading standards and operates the federal grading service which is used on a voluntary basis by most meat packers. Under that service, beef which has first been inspected and passed for wholesomeness is then checked by a grader who assigns it a quality rating — Prime, Choice, Good, Standard or Utility. In addition, many processors also ask for use of a companion, yield grade which indicates how much salable meat can be cut from the beef carcass. In one case, for example, a steer carcass might be graded Choice with a yield grade of 2; another might also be graded Choice with a yield grade of 5. Meat from both carcasses would be of equal quality, but the yield grade 2 animal would' produce considerably more salable beef and less fatty waste to be trimmed off. Pierce said proposals for changes in the basic quality grading system have included one from the American National Cattlemen's Association which wants an "attractive" new grade name developedfor some of the young, tender beef which now falls into the Good grade because of .a lack of marbling fat. Some others have suggested broadening the widely popular'Choice grade. But, Pierce added, spokesmen for supermarket chains who sell most of the nation's beef have not proposed any changes in the standards for Choice beef. And restaurant industry leaders, say they want the Choice standards retained and even tightened in some cases, Pierce said. Some meat packers have asked for changes making it easier to get a Choice stamp on older, mature cattle while at least one cattle breed organization wants to emphasize youth in redrafting requirements for the Choice grade. "Consumers say they don't want so much fat. But that can be tackled by increasing use of the yield grades," Pierce said. •"The official said he hopes his agency can come up soon with proposals for revising the beef grading standards. "But I can't give you any timetable. I don't know whether we can get general agreement within the Department on what to do," Pierce added. Gardener's checklist 1. Acid loving plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias will benefit by, a summer mulching of oak leaf mold, ' or other ready-to-use' nurserymen's mulch. 2. Many plants will bloom longer if not allowed to set seed. 3. California nurserymen are now featuring container-grown shade.trees, and your neighborhood garden center has the varieties best for your area. These should be transplanted into your garden now. leadership training deadline ' August 15 is the deadline for young men in agriculture to apply for the next class in the two-year leadership training program conducted by the Agricultural Education Foundation in cooperation with the Council of California Growers. Thirty will be chosen on the basis -of their leadership qualities, and must be able to spend seven weekends each school year in classroom seminars and about five weeks in travel, some of it abroad. The training includes seminars in government, economics, communications, and cultural and social affairs at Fresno State University, the University of California, Davis, and the two Cal-Poly campuses, at San Luis Obispo and Pomona. The only expense to the trainees is the transportation cost from their homes to the seminar sites and return, and in the case of traveling seminars they supply their own transportation to the point of departure, which is always in California. Applicants must be engaged in. farming or in a related agribusiness occupation and be between the ages of 25 and 40.. The program is supported by Thursday, July 11, 1974 Ukiafv Dally Journal, Uklah Calif.—5 Many unresolved issues face new legislature By RICHARD JOHNSEN, JR. Executive Vice President, Agricultural Council of California. The California legislature is in its summer recess. When it returns on August 5, it will still have many unresolved issues before it, including important agricultural issues. In addition to legislative issues, the makeup of committees in the state Assembly will be of prime importance. Obviously, the new speaker of the Assembly, Leo McCarthy, will be making many new committee assignments, after he has selected his committee chairmen. The month of August with its final legislative deliberations, prior to the campaign period for 1974 several philanthropic foundations, corporations, commodity groups,' cooperatives and individuals in California agriculture • and agribusiness. Selections for the program are made by a series of local and statewide screening committees. Announcement of the members of the new class, Class V, is expected sometime in September. Applications are available from the field office of the Agricultural Education Foundation at 351 Second Street, Davis, California 95616. elections, should indeed be interesting. Agricultural Israel . Of interest to agricultural people throughout California will be the multitude of unresolved legislative issues. Paramount in the minds of many will be the farm labor legislation which was kept alive until August through parliamentary maneuvers. Most observers still feel that there will not be any legislative resolution of the issue this year. Marketing order legislation and changes in the milk control act have been the subject of many bills and many hearings. To date, the issues have been discussed , and resolved reasonably.'However, there are still extremists who feel they have better answers to agricultural marketing than any of the laws we currently have. Some of these individuals and groups do not understand the laws, production agriculture nor the marketing of crops. Agriculture will have to be on its toes to .protect the self-help programs that have been so helpful to consumers, producers and the State. Generally speaking, agriculture is bi-partisan in legislative matters, so the party make-up is not as important as is the understanding of agriculture by the members serving on the Assembly Agriculture Commiteee. With a knowledgeable chairman and interested committee members, agriculture will continue to have sound, long-range solutions advocated for the many problems it faces. 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Whatever the reason, you can bet your bottom dollar that the more successful grower had a pretty solid idea of how that new ground could improve his own operation before he ever touched the place. Agricultural financing has its variations of relative productivity, too. And it works best when you and your banker both do the right things at the right time. The facts are some bankers are rnbre^knowledgeable than others...about generating cash flow, establishing sound debt-equity ratios for long range acquisitions or leveraging assets to provide more working capital. That's the way we like to work at it. And,we have a lot of very successful customers who do, too. 'CHARLIE AND THE ANGEL" Starting Times Week Days8:35 Sat. 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