Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 17, 1975 · Page 5
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Government Stores Seeds To Guard Against Famine FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI) - The government is storing 90,000 different samples of seeds in special air conditioned vaults at the National Seed Laboratory to help ensure the future of food plants. , Researchers say world problems of famine, urbanization and political disputes may make it necessary to expand the Agriculture Department facility to guard against further loss of irreplaceable seeds. Many of the 350,000 kinds of plants that have been introduced in this country during the past 75 years have been lost. Only 35 per cent of the introduced oats, for example, are still available and only 10 per cent of soybean types are still with us. Dr. Eric E. Roos, a physiologist at the lab, said administrators hoped to double the labls 10 member staff and increase its $140,000 annual funding to $450,000 by 1980. "There are several things going on throughout the world which necessitate our expansion and further study of germ plasm (p^ant genetic material)," Roos said. "Political problems and urbanization have caused the loss of many vital seeds, along with a world drought, particularly in Africa." Roos said China's isolationist policies during the late 1940s, for example, left Americans without the germ plasm source for soybeans, a protein supplement used in meat. Roos said researchers at the lab located on the campus of Colorado State University are studying techniques for long term preservation of seeds and IT'S A LUCKY DAY when a 7-year-old visits his grandfather's farm and finds a calf with Number 7 on its forehead. Scott Miller is the son of the Joel Millers of Freeport and grandson of the William Millers of Woodbine. Bride Honored At Brookville •r BROOKVILLE-Mrs. Keith Barta of Delavan, Wis., the former Debbie Libberton of Brookville, was honored at a postnuptial shower Saturday evening in the fellowship room of Brookville Church. Hostesses were Mmes. John Bowman, Junior'Galor, Oliver Miller, Herman Ukena Jr. and Vera Bowers. Bridal games were played and prizes presented to the bride. Guests attended from Delavan, Lanark, Chadwick, Shannon, Forreston and Polo. Refreshments of strawberry dessert, mints, nuts, coffee and punch were served. 4-H News Cedar Crickets Cedar Crickets 4-H Club members will meet at noon Saturday for a picnic lunch at the Dale Kubatzke home. Each member should bring a sack lunch. Beverage and dessert will be furnished. Plans will be completed for the club's camping trip to Governor Dodge State Park. All members who have not given a talk, demonstration or special is to do so this month. varied methods of germination with major focus on improving the quality of produced vegetable seeds. "Commercial and university plant breeders are heavily dependent on our storage facilities and research," he said! "Through our work, we indirectly help farmers' crops produce faster with higher yields while improving the crop's .resistance to disease, drought, frost and insects." Ro«s said the ability of the American farmer to continue to produce sufficient food for both foreign and domestic export ultimately rested on the success of plant breeders producing superior seeds. At the seed bank, which was built in 1958 with funds provided by the Agriculture Department's Research Service, each type of seed is catalogued on a punch card according to its special characteristics. The seeds are kept in pint cans in 11 cold storage rooms which are maintained at,40 degrees Fahrenheit and with a 32 per cent relative humidity. Roos said seeds of known value were accepted for storage from anyone, and that once stored, they became property of the federal government. "We distribute our information worldwide and by the same tok'en accept seeds from anyone - nations, commercial firms or private citizens," he said. "Also, when we can't find the proper plant materials in the U. S. we launch foreign expeditions." Roos said another main focus at the lab is the study of plant diseases and the finding of various cures. Area Briefs 97th Birthday ELIZABETH-Mrs. A. P. (Laura) McHenry marked her 97th birthday with a family gathering Sunday afternoon at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was born July 11, 1878. Beef Class Change MILLEDGEV,ILLE-In the baby beef show at the Carroll County Fair here, all steers and heifers fed for slaughter will be shown in 12 weight divisions. Weight of classes will be determined by the superintendent after weigh-in has been completed when a lis't of class numbers, weight divisions and exhibitors in each class will be .posted. Miss Flame Contest MILLEDGEVILLE-Contestants are being sought for the Milledgeville Miss Flame contest Aug. 22. Single girls 16 to 19 living in the.local fire district are eligible to enter by calling a committee member, Glenn Matthews, Harlen Meinsma, Ralph Gerdes, Don Watkins or Rollie Stewart. Rock Creek Grange LAN ARK-Rock Creek Grange will have a social meeting Monday in the Grange Hall. The evening will start with a share-a-dish supper at 7 p.m. honoring new members. A short program will follow. The Loyal Shillings and Lawrence Derrers are in charge of tables and coffee. Stockton Man Injured In Crash STOCKTON-Lester M. Polhill, 55, Stockton, is .reported in satisfactory condition today at Freeport Memorial Hospital following a truck accident late Wednesday morning two miles east of here on U.S. 20. Hospital officials said Polhill suffered a head cut and concussion. He was taken to the hospital by Stockton ambulance. According to state police, Polhill was eastbound when the truck went off the road and overturned. Approximately $1,500 damage was reported to the Jo Daviess Farm Service truck. Board Of Review Seeks 3rd Member In Jo Daviess GALENA-The Department of Local Government Affairs will conduct an examination here on Wednesday, Aug 6, for applicants for the third seat on the Jo Daviess County Board of Review. The two members now on the board are Clarence Lange of Scales Mound and G. R. Eggleston of Galena, both Republicans. According to county regulations, the third seat is to be filled by a Democrat. The seat on the board was left vacant when Dwight H. Miller of Hanover declined the appointment. Serving as a temporary member is Edward J. Heffron of Galena. Army Corps Of Engineers Names New Division Head ROCK ISLAND - Brig. Gen. Robert L. Moore will become North Central Division engineer with headquarters in Chicago, effective July 25, the Army Corps of Engineers has announced. He will succeed Brig. Gen. Walter 0; Bachu's, who will be assigned as director of facilities engineering, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. . Moore is now serving as commander of the division support command of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Worldwide, the corps is engaged in military engineering and construction for the U.S. Army and, as assigned, for the U.S. Air Force and other government agencies. The Army Corps of Engineers also Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Thursday, July 17, 1975 Page^S Pork Producers J Plan Tour, Dinner WINNEBAGO-Richard and Irvin Beuth will be hosts to the Winnebago County Pork Producers Wednesday evening. From 7 to 7:30, visitors can tour the Beuth hog operation on Spielman Road 1 1/4 miles south of Edwardsville Road. A remodeled dairy barn serves as a 40-sow farrowing house. Weaned pigs are moved to a 250-head, environmentally controlled nursery with slatted floors. Following the roast pig meal at 7:30, Dr. Michael Turner of Forreston will demonstrate a pregnancy testing machine for sows. fantry officer prior to 1959, when he transferred into the Corps of Engineers. plans "and executes a major national water resources development program under policies and directives established by the President and the Congress. In his new position, Moore will be responsible for Army Corps of Engineers water resource activities in all or parts of 12 states which include the watersheds of the Upper Mississippi ,River and the Great Lakes. He will also supervise Corps of Engineers activities related to international agreements concerning boundary waters of the United States and Canada. 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