The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on February 17, 1972 · Page 3
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February 17, 1972

The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa · Page 3

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iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiinii NEWS Mayne urges sign-up in grain program iyne Explains com option /as good news for farmers on Feb. ie Department of announced a new sing the direct pay- e offered for vol- aside acres to 80? . This Is 28 cents the 52 cents pre- lounced and the first •ogram history the rate will equal the Thus the payment aside both the 25% of base acres 15% of voluntary be $80 per acre with an established yield, or an es- 7 per acre for the iwa farm. To qua- 80? voluntary pay- armer Will, In add- ting aside 10 or 15% of his base, agree not to plant corn or sorghum on another 10 or 15%, but will be free to plant soybeans or other crops on this latter portion. The new option will protect feed grain income this year while enabling farmers to keep production within reasonable limits. This is essential if we are to move the carryover from last year's surplus and get market prices to reasonable levels. I have been urging Secretary Butz to take this action for some time in response to strong recommendations from my advisory committee of actual farm operators in the Gth District. They contended a 52? voluntary payment was too low to protect farm Income and correctly predicted It would not attract sufficient participation. When I pressed for an 80 cent payment, the Secretary was receptive but said he was encountering stiff opposition from the Office of Management and Budget. However, the planting Intentions servey announced Jan. 27 confirmed our predictions and gave me new ammunition for the 80? rate. Thereafter I was In touch with the Secretary, Assistant Secretary Palmby and other Department officials on a dally basis until receiving the Secretary's phone 'call early Febr. 2 that the 80 cent option would soon be announced. As I said on the floor 01 the House later that day, this action demonstrates the Nixon Administration is capable of using the flexible provisions of the Agriculture Act of 1970 boldly and decisively In the national interest. It is giving the Act a chance to work In the way Congress Intended when It passed with majority support from both parties. The new option greatly strenth- 6th District Congressman Wiley Mayne strongly recommended here-today that farmers sign up for one of the options In this year's feed grain program. Addressing a district wide meeting of northwest Iowa farmers, Including his farm advisory committee, he said a heavy sign-up is needed to reduce planting and Improve prices. Describing the new program, Mayne stated, "Farmershave tnore options In this program than ever before. It Is designed to fit practically every cropping situation. I hope farmers will study these options, choose those that benefit them most, and cooperate In the program. Feed grain plantings simply must be reduced well below 1971 levels to bring supply into balance with utilization and improve prices." The congressman said his mail indicates farmers strongly favor the "freedom ens the feed grain program and should encourage a signup sufficient to retire the targeted 38 million acres from production this year. This is Congressman Wiley Mayne reporting from Washington. "Crises in Cornbelt" to plant" features of the 1970 farm act. "The alternative would be to turn to a supply management type of program, possibly compulsory, with rigid acreage controls. My reading of farmer sentiment t6lls me that farmers do not prefer that kind of program", Mayne stated. "The only way they can make the present program work Is to sign up in even greater numbers than last year." Mayne told Ms farm audience he had long advocated the higher payments to encourage participation which were announced last week by the USDA, but that proof of their effectiveness is now up to you farmers." The congressman said a spot check of county ASC offices made by his district office on Thrusday Indicated the signup is following a slightly slower pace than a year ago. This was explained as not reflecting less interest but the farmer's need for more time to study the many options available before signing up. Of those already signed, about 60% were availing themselves of the extra set-aside options. Office managers on the whole predicted that by March 10th, the final date for signup, participation would exceed last year's 83% of farms and 92% of base acres In the feed grain program in Iowa. FHA can now loan to families with adjusted income under $ 9,000 :ent "Crisis In the conference held at in drew such broad and such wide- ferest that plans have to continue it as jvent. primary objec- . conference: ring the citizens of ty area of North- and South west ! together to discuss problems. ring the area's pro- the attention of federal govern- id some way to bring [to the severe pro- jarea faces. persons attended fry 18 conference. is the text of one Jresses. It was en- :iculture' and was Norman Larson. Jll appear in future IB CAPITAL. [gin the United States [tal part in the econo- our country. It is the lustry in this count- Is. In fact it is 2/3 as all of the rest istries put together, iick industry at the ime, It is time some linking be done, be- future of the United kind of an America children, and our Iren will live in) the decisions that now, The following te from the Detroit Minn, newspaper: jmer is still getting 1950 prices for his jancl has to pay three much or more for did then. Is It any lachinery sales have m? There are plans' igton to make It pos|farmers to get more huv these things, the farmer really not more credit and 'Is but just a little :ome. Wonder why no of that solution." jentatives of three mizations of South- lesota and Northwest FU, NFO) have s of meetings and •«I upon the following to present to the 'b Committee on Ru- lopment and all gov- offlcials present at 'is In the Cornbelt" The Government Crop Service should be K has not been a the farmer. In fact «ie time It has been )re ssing. In July, the out with the re- there was going to gest corn crop ever . Inside of 2 months s went down about >v a bushel, or about s was before the new ~ was even mature steel. Furthermore and all other govern- c 'als should stop say- a surplus. Just that word in itself is price- depressing. Some of our agricultural experts say that a farmer feeds himelf and 47 other people. For easy figuring let's say that he feeds himself and fifty other people. There are almost 3 million farmers in the United States. Fifty people times 3 million farmers equals 150 million people. Who- is feeding the other 50 million people? How can we have a surplus when we have hungrylpeople in the United States? It should be called an inventory and not a surplus. This inventory is a small one and insufficient to feed our nation in case of a national disaster. No. 2. No person, group, corporation, or organization in business other than farming should be able to use the losses in a farming operation to give them a tax advantage. For example, one conglomerate which is involved in ~the food industry from 'the planting to the retailing had an income of $464 million and a taxable income of $88.7 million. Yet, due to federal tax breaks this conglomerate not only paid no taxes on that income, but had a tax credit of $13.3 million. This is Unfair Tax Advantage! No. 3. In 1934 Congress passed The Trade Agreement Act. Under this act, the president is authorized to enter into trade agreements in which the United States reduces or agrees not to increase existing duties applying to its imports in exchange for similar concessions by other countries on products exported to the United States. Any negotiations dealing with agricultural production should have producing farmers sitting in on these negotiations. After all the farmers are directly involved in the outcome of these agreements. The United States is the largest exporter of farm products in the world. The world market should be a market instead of a dumping place. No. 4. The prices of corn are based on 15|% moisture and soybeans at 13% moisture. Farmers are docked for grain above these moisture tests. So to be fair, farmers should be given a premuim for tests below these standards. A law should be passed to put this into effect. Standards should be revised for both local and and foreign markets. No. 5. The reports that many farmers and farm organizations receive are that the quality of the grain seems to deteriorate from the time it leaves the farm until it is loaded on the ships to go to our foreign customers. For an example, a buyer from Japan was in the State of Iowa to negotiate a contract for some grain from one of our farm organizations. After they had completed a contract on soybeans they asked him If he didn't want to contract some corn, too. Then he said, "We can't buy good quality corn from the United States. We buy our corn from Africa." They asked him if he would go out on a farm and look at some corn. He agreed to this so they took him out on a nearby farm. This farmer opened up one of his bins of corn for this buyer to look at. The Japanese buyer crawled in the bin of corn and put his hands in the corn. He did this several times and then said, "Where did you get corn like this. I have never seen such nice corn." The farmer told him that he had raised it. The buyer then said, "Impossible, we can't buy corn like this from the United States." If the standards are so low that the practice of putting foreign material in grain is legal, than the law should be changed. The Bitterness of Poor Quality Lingers Long After the. Sweetness of a Cheap Price is 1 Forgotten. The Selling of. Quality Leads to the Selling of Quantity. No. 6. How can we rid ourselves of car exhaust pollution and help ourselves at the same time? This can be done by blending grain alcohol and . gasoline together. What would this blending program do? It would conserve on un- renewable national resources of petroleum, in addition to reducing air pollution. The conversion of grain to alcohol to blend with gasoline will accomplish the following tremendous benefits: 1. It will increase farm income by about $5 billion per year, 2. do away with all government controls, restrictions, soil bank and Washington subsidies, 3. restore the farmer to complete freedon of enterprise, 4. require maximum production from every farmer, 5. create two markets, food and fuel, for the farmer, 6. lift government inventory of grain and relieve taxpayers of billions of dollars on farm programs, 7. return farmers and farm laborers back to the farms, 8. revise the national economy and avoid a threatened depression. This could be the greatest program that ever came to this country. With its ability to cut pollution and at the same time help the national economy by putting billions of new wealth in our monetary system. No. 7, The USDA should explain to the piblic its expenditures in detail. Such as how much is spent on the school lunch programs, federal meat inspection, forest service, and many other programs that come from the USDA. Misleading information is given to the public about what the farmers received. This would help'the general public to realize that the farmers don't receive the lion's share of the department's expenditures, and also, that the USDA spends millions to benefit the cusumer. No, 8. The Secretary of Agriculture should be producer- The above message was published as a public service by the following )r ange City Builders Supply Farmers Coop Elevator Orange City Maurice Farmers Mutual Co-op Alton Farmers Co-op Oil Association Orange City Alton The Farmers Home Administration may now make rural housing loans to families whose adjusted income does not exceed $9000. This according to County Supervisor Dennis V. Benna serving Plymouth and Sioux counties. The limit previously had been $8000 adjusted family income. This change will allow assistance to many families previously unable to obtain credit for purchase or construction of homes. Farmers Home Admin- stration housing loans are available in rural communities of not more than 10,000 population. Eligible families must be unable to obtain the necessary credit from conventional sources. The agency's loans are intended to give extra help to low and moderate income families to buy their own home. The assistance is temporary and the loan may be continued only until the family gains sufficient income and equity to qualify for conventional credit. Present loan rates are 7-|-% interest with a maximum repayment period of 33 years. For low income families with not more than $7000 income, additional assistance may be available with a reduced in- oriented. Agriculture is the largest industry in the United States and the prices it received for its production is the basis of the U.S. economy. Therefore, he should represent the producing farmer. No. 9. The quality standards of food imports should be the same as the American farmers have to produce by. We believe in good quality food, so food imports produced lower standards should not be allowed to come into this country, to compete against American production. No. 10. The 3 farm organizations represent a proud independent group of people who are asking for a pricing structure that will grant a cost of production plus a fair profit. We do not believe that the production of food should be reduced to a public utility while federal welfare programs 'tend to reduce farm families to welfare recipients. "' No. : 11. On the subject of transportation, agriculture and public interest require continuation of service. Therefore we suggest an 80 day cooling-off period, at which time there would be required bargaining to try and avoid a strike. No. 12. Youth are the most important resource that agriculture has. With the age of the average farmer at about 58 years of age, agriculture is approaching a dangerous point in its history. It is losing its replacements. The pricing structure is such that it is almost impossible for youth to get started in farming. The marketing structure has to be changed so farming will become attractive to our youth. Also we suggest that farm co-ops and county farm organizations give young people the opportunity to be active in programs and business in order to take advantage of their ability and enthusiasm. No. 13. A requirement that G.I, farm trainees spend a minimum of 12 hours a week in the classroom for full benefits, 9 hours for three- fourths benefits, 6 hours for one-half benefits, tends to prevent thousands of veterans from using the G.I. educational eligibility for farm training. It is almost impossible for a young farmer to spend twelve hours a week in a classroom and also take care of a farming operation. It would be more realistic if it were about 6 hours of classroom work a week for the full benefits. This would be more In line with the classroom requirements and provisions of the post Korean G.I. training program. No, 14, Some of the farmers in this area find it difficult, if not impossible, to locate enough water to raise the amount of livestock they want. It is very poor quality for all rural residents, not only farmers. We need a distribution system" all over the area of quality water. Iowa farms drop 2,000 terest rate. The agency's local office is located at 27 Central Avenue SW, Le Mars, Iowa, Postofflce thinking of fleet of planes to carry the mail The Post Office Department is considering acquisition of its own fleet of planes ranging from four-engined transports down to smaller types. The idea behind the proposal is to use the planes for carry- Ing mail. Also, it is reported that another government agency, the General Services administration, Is studying the possibility of establishing a government-wide fleet of planes. And so government grows day after day, month alter month, year after year-always in the name of greater efficiency or of providing a needed service. Meanwhile, relatively speaking, the taxpayer grows poorer. A Washington observer reports, "Of all the metropolitan areas of the United States none has come through economic recession with fewer bruises and blemishes than the nation's capital." The flow of public funds makes Washington, D.C. depression proof. Each new program, each new service provided to taxpayers means more high-priced public servants. No longer ui/eo a. uivu sei noc jou mean little money but good security, It now neans both, and civil service workers In many Instances fare as well or better than their nonfederal counterparts. Fleets of government planes flying around the country will be another reminder that the citizen Is getting smaller as government gets bigger. We'll buy the coffee! THOUSANDS of farmers 'and stockmen have good rr-iVTns /or doing business •.vit.;i th« Federal' Land Bunk. Next time you're in town, stop in... have a cup of coffee and we'll giva you ell the details. See Us for a land Bank Loan Jay Mann, Mgr. Phone 324-2414 Highway 18 - Sheldon The number of operating farms in Iowa dropped from 141,000 in 1970 to 139,000 in 1971, the Iowa Farm Bureau reported Thursday. By comparison, the Farm Bureau survey said, there were 183,000 farms in 1960. Despite the sizable drop in the number of farms, only 300,000 acres were taken out of agricultural production from 1960 to 1970 and average acreage for the remaining farms increased from 190 In 1960 to 247 last year. The report also noted that although farms have diminished, the income for .the Iowa farmer has been continually on the upswing. From 1960 to 1970, average gross income per farm rose from $14,406 to $30,337, and average net income per farm increased from $3,871 to $8, 481.Federal government payments to Iowa farmers grew from $20,795,000 in 1960 to $235,815,000 in 1970. ' Grou Two teen-agers were talk- Ing about the upcoming Father's Day. "Tomorrow Is the day," the boy said. "What shall we do for him?" "We might let him use his car for a change," said his sister. SIOUX-PREME PACKING CO. Sioux Center, Iowa Prices Paid Last Week Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 10 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 26.75-27.00 27.00-27.25 26.75-27.00 25.75-26.00 25.75-26.00 26.00-26.25 If you have hogs for sale call Collect 722-8001 Health Program Farm Bureau and Blue Cross-Blue Shield It provides 1. 365 day comprehensive Blue Cross hospital benefits 2. 365 day comprehensive Blue Shield doctors benefits 3. $50,000 major medical medical coverage 4. Post-hospital drugs Special Enrollment Open House Dates SIOUX COUNTY Feb. 24 FARM BUREAU BLDG. and Feb. 29 Those accepted during this special enrollment period will have no waiting periods on existing conditions except maternity. Farmers Mutual Co-op Assoc. Lumber Yard Maurice The ALTON PREMIUM FEED COMPANY WntsYou To Sleep Uke A KINO And WEEN On Cannon "ROYAL FAMILY" Sheets & Pillow Cases OFFER starts February 18th and ends MARCH 4, 1972 (Any order received by March 4th and delivered by March llth,- will be included in this offer) These Cannon "ROYAL FAMILY" Sheets And Pillow Cases are FREE with the purchase of Alton Premium Cattle, Hog, or Poultry Concentrates. FREE With One Ton: FREE With Two Ton: FREE With Three Ton: Two Cannon "Royal Family" No Iron Pillow Cases, One Twin Flat and One Twin Fitted Cannon "Royal Family" No Iron Sheets, One Full Flat and One Full Fitted Cannon "Royal Family" No Iron Sheets. See the "Royal Family" at your Alton Premium Dealer Orange City THE FARMERS ELEVATOR Maurice THE SIOUX COUNTY CAPITAL, Thursday, February 17, 1978-^3

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