Friday. December 23, 1977 HOl'K SFAH Seven Those strange blasts: garbage ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Those mysterious booms high in the sky off the Atlantic Coast could be caused by ex- poding gas bubbling up from underwater garbage dumps, says one scientist. That is one theory. Others speculate that they are sonic booms or come from outer space. New explosions were heard Wednesday night by several residents along the New Jersey coastline. "My whole house shook," said Ted Weeks, a fisherman at Barnegat Light." Almost imme- or outer space? diately the second report followed, but not near as loud. It was very distinct. The whole of Long Beach Island, I'm sure, heard it. You had to be dead not to have heard it." Two similar but stronger blasts startled residents from Connecticut to South Carolina on Dec. 2. Scientists at Columbia University's Lament-Doherty Geophysical Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., said its instruments recorded those booms and five more on Dec. 15. The equipment did not regis- ter Wednesday's reported blasts. The explosions have been accompanied by reports of lights in the sky. sometimes a luminous glow. Dr. Edward Chiburif, assistant director of the Weston Observatory of Boston College, said he suspects the sounds are sonic booms. Dr. William Donn, head of atmospheric sciences at the Lamont-Dohery Observatory, said he was sure they are not sonic booms. Ocean County, N.J., civil defense authorities said they had confidential information the blasts occurred in outer space. Federal officials, discounted the outer space theory. The garbage gas theory comes from Dr. Stanley Klemetson. environmental engineering researcher and associate professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University. He s.iid it is likely that a build-up of s'.udge deposits on the ocean bottom from dumping of treated wastes and garbage h«s produced Anaerobic gases such as hydrogen and methane. "As these saws accumulate beneath the sludge, sufficient quantity can collect to break through the layer and rise to the surface of the ocean," he said. If warmer than the surrounding air, the gas will rise into the atmosphere, he said. "Natural static electricity caused by wind friction is sufficient to set off the explosions," Klemctson said. Klemetson noted that the blasts have been occurring over the general aren where refuse from large coastal cities such as New York Is dumped. Hays renppointecl to LR branch board Thomas K. Hays Jr., president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Hope, and Ronald W. Bailey, executive vice president and general manager, Producers Rice Mill Inc., of Stuttgart, have been reappolnted to the board of directors of the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. txmis, f jiwrcnce K. Roos. president of the St. Ixwla Reserve Bank, announced Consumer backlash will hurt, Carter warns farmers PIATNS, Ga. (AP) - President Carter is warning farmers besieging his hometown with pickup trucks and tractors in a demonstration for higher prices that triggering a consumer backlash will hurt them. By the score, the farmers were converging on Plains today, asking to see Carter personally about their demands. The president's spokesman, Rex Gran urn, said Carter hadn't decided whether to meet with the farmers. "As long as farmers let the consumers know they have got a problem, that is good," the president said Thursday. "But if they ever turn the consumers against them, they will be worse off than they were before." The protest by farmers, some of them on strike, resembled a "tractorcade" that paralyzed this little country town Nov. 25. Estimates of the number of tractors in that demonstration ran to 20,000. They brought traffic to a standstill. State strike leader Leighton Kersey of Unadilla, Ga., called today's demonstration "a peaceful protest." He told reporters: "We realize these are the holidays, and there'll be a lot of traffic. We don't want anybody to get hurt." Some of the tractors in town before sunup bore signs saying: "We're through working for nothing" and "Eat today — you may not be as fortunate tomorrow." They were parked along the road through town near Carter's old peanut warehouse and processing plant. Most of the demonstrators, however, drove pickup trucks. "It's too cold to drive the trac- tors," one said. Some of the farmers in the last demonstration reportedly suffered frostbite. During a stroll down Main Street on Thursday to wish old friends Merry Christmas, the president dropped in on his cousin, state Sen. Hugh Carter, at his antique shop, and got a vivid account of the last protest. "I knew you were for them," the senator told the president, "but it was hard for me to ... they were a little angry. They wanted you down here. They started shouting, you know, 'We want Jimmy. We want Jimmy. Where is Jimmy?'" The president was at his Camp David retreat in the mountains of western Maryland at the time. During a brief exchange with reporters at the end of his walk Wheat cutback program seems to be having effect WASHINGTON (AP) - A decision by the Carter administration four months ago to cut back on wheat production next year appears to be having an effect, according to new government figures. Farmers planted 48.1 million acres of winter wheat this fall for next summer's harvest, a decline of 14 percent from 56 million planted a year ago for the big 1977 harvest, the Agriculture Department said Thursday. The so-called "set aside" program requires farmers to reduce 1978 harvest acres from this year and to take the equivalent of 20 percent of what they do harvest from production of any crop in order to qualify for full price support guarantees. In its first forecast of 1978 winter wheat production, the department said the harvest could total about 1.32 billion bushels, down 13 percent from this year's 1.53 billion bushels. Winter wheat, which is planted in the fall and harvested the next summer, makes about three-fourths of total U.S. wheat production. The remainder is planted in the spring, and this year's spring wheat totaled 500 million bushels. Howard W. Hjort, the department's director of economics, said the 14 percent acreage cut was "very close" to the administration's projected reduction when the decision was made to reduce wheat acreage for the first since 1973. But Hjort added that the production forecast being down 13 percent "was a little more than we had thought." However, he said that final decisions by farmers on acreage set-aside participation are still not settled and that the eventual figures could be somewhat different. Another factor is the extent to which farmers, angry over sagging grain prices, might participate in the strike called Dec. 14 by American agriculture by tearing up fields already planted or refusing to harvest grain next summer. Wheat inventories on hand are the largest since 1963, the result of wide open record output the past three years. This has caused farm grain prices to drop sharply. The report said that based on Dec. 1 indications, the 1978 winter wheat crop may yield 27.4 bushels per planted acre, compared with 27.3 bushels in 1977. Nearly all winter wheat states showed cutbacks in planted acreage from last year. One exception was Georgia, where the report showed that farmers increased winter wheat plantings 19 percent, possibly reflecting a switch from corn which suffered severely from drought in 1977. Missouri showed one of the sharpest percentage reductions, with winter wheat plantings at 960,000 acres, a 45 percent drop from 1.73 million acres planted for 1977. Kansas, the biggest producer, Host families needed for foreign students Families in Hope now have the chance to add an international dimension to their lives by providing a home for a Youth For Understanding exchange student from an overseas country. The nation's largest student exchange program is looking for responsible families willing to enlarge their horizons and to open their hearts and homes to an international teenager during the coming school year. Youth For Understanding host families are volunteers who provide room and board for the student and offer him or her 'the same guidance and love they give to their own cniidren. During this unique family experience, American host families treat the international student not as a guest or tourist but as a normal family member. Youth For Understanding will soon bring more than 500 exchange students to the United States from Latin America. Each will attend an American high school and share life with an American family. Families who wish more information on how they can participate can contact their local community representative, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Lehman at 777-2731, or write to Youth For Understanding, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Youth For Understanding is a non-profit organization which cooperates with and receives an annual grant-in-aid from the U.S. Department of State. Since it began 26 years ago, it has exchanged more than 55,000 students worldwide. i • •,•• • c ••••«< reduced wheat plantings 13 percent to 11.5 million acres from 13.2 million for this year's harvest. But the crop is expected to yield about the same — 345 million bushels, the report said. "The exceptionally sharp decrease in Missouri was caused mainly by excessive precipitation which prevented farmers from getting into the fields," the report said. "Most Western states reduced plantings, with California reducing acreage 18 percent and the other major producing states down 3 to 5 percent." WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has published its annual "Agricultural Statistics" book, a 623- page volume full of figures on topics from apple production to Zaire's farm imports. Published annually since 1946, the book is available in paperback for $5.75 from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. Last year's edition cost $5.60. The annual report also includes figures on recent years' stockpiles of wheat, corn, cotton, tobacco and other commodities, and costs of operating various farm price support programs for the crops. Food stamp and other government feeding programs also are included with their costs to the taxpayer. WASHINGTON (AP) - A contribution of $500,000 support the joint United States-Panama Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease has been approved for the fiscal year which began Oct. 1. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland said Thursday that the U.S. contribution "is just a drop in the bucket compared to the damage this disease would do if it got loose in the United States." The United States has been free of the disease since 1929, but it is prevalent in South America. Panama is the southernmost country in the western hemisphere free of the disease and is considered a barrier zone to keep it from spreading north. The commission was established in 1974. Panama's contribution for its support is about $50,000 a year. In South America, foot-and- mouth disease is most frequent among cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle and swine. Authorities are concerned that once the Pan American highway is completed, the disease will have a potential route northward unless precautions are taken. and prepared statements afterward, the president said: —He has made "all the decisions" on the fiscal 1969 federal budget, which he will propose to Congress next month. But he will take one more look at the budget summary when he returns to Washington. He "absolutely" intends to balance the budget by the end of his first term in 1981. —He is putting the "final touches" on an executive order carrying out his reorganization of the nation's Intelligence agencies, giving CIA Director Stansfield budget authority over all of them. —He thinks it is "regret- table" that Congress adjourned without completing action on liis energy program. —He is nominating Frank C. Carlucci, ambassador to Portugal, to be Turner's deputy at the CIA, and Richard J. Bloomfleld, ambassador to Ecuador, to succeed Cnrlucci in IJsbon. Thursday. Bailey was appointed by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Hays by the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. I,oul5. Each will begin his new three-year term on the board of the little Rock Branch on January 1, 1978. 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