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EARMN lllllllllllllllll(ll , mill ,,,n, 1 , 1 ,,,,ii.m.nm...i unuimmm............!........!.....,...!.!!!.. mmmmmmmmmmm HMM Eutz speaks at Des Moines Calling current meat prices the host food bargain In years, newly appointedSecre- tarv of Agriculture Karl Butz kicked off a series of meetings in Des Moines Febr. 11th. Secretary Butz noted that pressure is now being put on the White House to have the Price Commission impose ceilings on meat prices but said he will fight like a "wounded steer" to prevent such action. Noting Secretary Butz's comments, Del Van Horn, Director of the Agriculture Division, In\va Development Commission, said it is time for all Iowa farmes and persons interested in agriculture to apply the same kind of pressure resisting price ceilings. Van Horn said, "if pressure can be applied to impose price ceilings for meat, the same kind of political pressure can be applied to fight such a move. Van Horn said letters and telegrams should be sent to senators and congressmen urging them to oppose such actions. He said farmers should also oppose any moves designed to ease meat import quotas which would allow higher quantities of meat from foreign countries to be imported to the United States. Van Horn noted' that the United States imported over one billion pounds of meat and meat products in 1970 while exporting only 174,8 million pounds. Van Horn made his comments in reply to several statements by Donald Rumsfeld, director of the Cost of Living Council hinting that A 4-Oounty dairy school will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Big 4 meeting room In Sheldon. Maurice Eldridge, Sioux County Extension Director, savs the meeting will bocin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:0'"! p.m. for the convenience o - " (he dairymen. The Extension Services of I.von. Sioux, O.^ceola and O'nrien Counties are spon- snrin;; the one-day school. Thr^e lo'.va state University extension specialists will pre- si-'nt important information for the diirvm«n. D. Kent Nelson, extension dairymen, will discuss the facilities for sa- vin?: calves and how to adopt tv.p'is to mo lern handlingsys- t i iipjjiitru LVJ u * ^ w - — ^ meeting Men. 7 Vernon Meyer, extension agricultural engineer, will talk about modern dairy facilities for the milking herd. The problems of waste management and pollution will be discussed by Gene Rouse, extension area livestock specialist. The topics for this year's meeting were suggested by dairymen attending last year's school. "Arranging the dairy work schedule and facilities to keep the labor requirement to a minimum is a big asset to the modern dairyman," says Eldridge. All dairymen and dairy associated people are invited to the meeting. !ow<$ corn plant population ?8 r fOOper acre last year ,meat quotas should be relaxed in response to criticism of rising meat prices. Secretary Butz said he felt the problem is put in perspective in reply to charges that cattle prices are now at a twenty year high. "In the last 20 years," he said, "wages have doubled, production costs to the farmer have doubled, but the food cost to the consumer has fallen seven per cent at the same time. It's about time cattle prices have gotten back to where they were 20 years ago." Secretary Butz also called on farmers to wage a letter writing campaign to congressmen and senators calling for new legislation to protect farmers from the effects of future transportation strikes. "While it appears that the West Coast dock strike has been settled, we still need legislation from Congress to protect farmers from future disasters of this type," said the Secretary. "While West Coast dock workers count their increased economic benefits from this settlement, farmers will be counting the hundreds of millions of dollars lost in farm sales from this needlessly long strike," he continued. Van Horn again urged farmers to become familiar with Senate Bill #560, administration's proposal offering new alternatives for settling future transportation strikes. Van Horn said, "the bill is not a cure-all, but it does offer acceptable alternatives to farmers while at the same time guaranteeing the right of labor unions to strike." Corn plant population per :>cr« ir. Irr.va last year reached 3 IPV-IOI 13,100 plants,accor'iinc: to the lo-.va Crop and I i-.v.ctock Reporting Service. Tiiis romparps with 16,000 plants r^r acre in 1967. PT.V •.'.• : /Hhs averaged 3T.3 ireN-s in 1071 compared to 3H r inches in 19G7. But th« rov.s arp still wider in Iiv.v.i th.ip thov are in the rest o! 'In' stares making up the North Central Region. The 1971 Region average was 3G.7 inches. Iowa's corn production reached the billion bushel mark in 1971 (1,180,140,000 bushels) for the first time. This volume accounted for 21 percent of the total U.S. production. Soybean production in Iowa, at 174 million bushels, came to 15 percent of the U.S. total. of la. beef >s up from 1971 inventory figures •..•! by the U.S.D.A. " percent gain in rov: numbers from i72. This compares i---rrent gain for the '.•hole, »>rcent jump makes istest growing state among the top 10 with nearly twice the growth rate of any of the others. Ranking the states shows Iowa passing Montana in 1971 to gain the number position. Texas, the top beef cow state, lost G percent and Oklahoma, ranked second, gained 2 percent. Farn Oatlook: The latest USDA projections indicate we will use approximately 4.9 billion bushels of corn during the current marketing year ending September 30. This would be a new record and a 10 percent gain over last year, according to Bob Wisner, Iowa State University extension economist. He says this represents a moderate recovery in exports to nearly the same level as two years ago. The recovery looks a bit surprising in view of the dock strikes, particularly the one on the West Coast. However, practically all U. S. corn exports are shipped from the Great Lakes or Gulf and East Coast ports. On strike, too, until just recently were several Chicago grain elevators which cut shipments from that city during the fall. The Gulf and East Coast ports were closed for about six to seven weeks. But despite the strikes, heavy corn shipments since the ' settlements have more than made up for the Rev. Paul Colenbrander is a houseguest this week In the Harold Paekel home while attending the Northwest College Board Meeting . Mr. and Mrs. CllffHarme- link and sons from St. Paul were weekend guests In the Frank Popma home. They celebrated the birthday of Mr. Cliff Harmellnk. They also visited In the Simon Harmelink home celebrating the birthday of Mr. Simon Harmelink also. State advisory committee on rural housing is named The appontment of a "State Industry Advisory Committee on Rural Housing" was recently announced by Robert Plm, Iowa State Director of Farmers Home Administration. The Plymouth and Sioux FHA County Supervisor, Dennis Benna, reported that the Committee will sit In advisory capacity on matters of mutual Interest to the housing industry and the Farmers Home Administration rural housing program In the state. They will also advise the Agency on ways and means for making the most effective use of government programs and in coordinating the Farmers Home Administration rural housing program with other programs operating in rural areas. Farmers Home Administration housing loans are available in rural communities of not more than 10,000 population. Eligible families must have not more than $9, 000 adjusted Income and unable to obtain necessary credit through 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 becomes eligible for conventional credit. Members appointed to the Committee are businessmen associated with home building, home mortgagors, realators, utilities, the Iowa State Office of Economic Opportunity and the Governor's Housing Coordinator. They will serve without compensation. Sunday dinner guests in the Simon Harmellnk home were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Harm- ellnk and sons from St, Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Harmellnk and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Harmelink, Sheri, Debra, and John Blom. Mr. and Mrs, Charles J. De Vrles spent the weekend at Gllmore City with their cousin, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown. Mrs. I"*" Krutd from itock valley were'last week Tulsday guests In the new Erne of Mrs. John Jansen from Orange City. vtr and Mrs. Willis Mey- Hnk visited In the William DC Roos home at Hull on Sunday evening. ni "Lady, I can't help it if you DO lose your nerve driving the wrecker!" "Crises in the Cornbelt" The M-CC second grade visited The CAPITAL last Thursday morning and were .va all the machines and equipment. Then their picture was taken - to prove they were here! losses. According to Wisner ', cumulative corn exports through mid-February were up 20 percent from a year earlier. As far as domestic corn use is concerned,current projections call for very heavy feed use and approximately a 10 percent gain over a year earlier. "I think this may be a little on the optimistic side and we may not quite reach this level because of a drop in hog numbers," states Wisner. The projections are based on an expected increase in feeding rates per animal and some susbstitution of corn for other grains. The 1971 crop was about 12 percent larger than our needs. Excess production will have to be stored which would leave a 1.3 billion bushel corn carryover next October or about double last fall's level. What about getting 1972 production In line with use? Wisner believes that with normal yields, we need to get corn acreage a little below the level of two years ago to match production with market requirements. In other words, we need about a 12 percent drop in national corn acreage compared with the 4 percent decrease indicated in USDA's January Planting Intention report. Says Wisner, <T think it will take fairly heavy participation in the feed grain program to get acreage down to this level." Central Iowa corn prices have recently been ranging from $1.03 to $1.05 per bus- el for No, 2 corn. Wisner foresees a little weakness in , the next few weeks because of high-moisture corn market- ings. Once this corn has been worked off, he looks for a slight recovery in prices into late May and early June with prices ranging from $1.08 to $.1.11 per bushel in Central Iowa. Wisner says this price should encourage sizable repayments of price support loins, and with good crop prospects, it would probably be enough to put a little downward pressure on prices during July and August. Movement of corn under prices support loan has been exceptionally heavy this season, according to the economist. Placements under loan through January were considerably higher than during the previous record year in J961, Through the end of January, 818 million bushels of 1972- crop corn were put under loan. This was about three times more than a year earlier. If you add old-crop corn under reseal loans and corn owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation, a little more than 1.1 billion bushels are tied up under the price support system. The recent "Crisis In the Cornbelt" conference held at Worthington drew such broad attendance and such widespread Interest that plans have been made to continue It as an annual event. The three primary objectives of the conference: 1. To bring the citizens of the 10—county area of Northwest Iowa and South west Minnesota together to discuss common problems. 2. To bring the area's pro-, blems to the attention of state and federal governments. 3. To find some way to bring solutions to the severe problems the area faces. About 500 persons attended the January 18 conference. The following address was given by Lawrence C. Gavin Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsil - Wllmont, Minn. Others will appear in future issues of The CAPITAL. Quality of Life It may strike you as odd that a clergyman is asked to address a conference on "Crisis in the Cornbelt." Frankly, I am a bit uncomfortable too. However, this very fact that we do not feel fully at ease In one another's meetings, to a degree, pinpoints a problem of our complex society. We tend to divide life into tight compartments and we plan very little communication be• tween these compartments. In fact, the very reason I am before you today is because I objected to the program or the compartments of today's conference. As I listened to the Planning Committee, the farm programs were there; the industrial development programs were there; the continuing education programs were there; the roads, rails, and airplanes were there, but people were not there, or here. We tend to use people to develop material resources rather than using material resources to enrich the lives of people. The problem of the pastor is that he often moves In a very idealistic world, and has little understanding of the basic economic facts of our complex, productive society. The layman tends to proceed as though this is a man's world to be managed according to his own economic theories. Both are in error - this is God's world. God made it. Man Is but the manager 'of God's creation. Man does not proceed as though God did not exist. You may object: "We are not here to talk about God." True, but I have a banner on my wall at home which gives the reason for my Introduction. It says, "NOWHERE DOES GOD COME SO CLOSE TO MAN AS IN MAN." And it Is that man that is the subject of may presentation. I am not an economist, nor am I a farm specialist. I am the pastor of a farmlngcommuni- ty, Wilmont, Minn. My concern is the well-being of the people of our small places. The greatest natural resource any place has is its' people, If those people are migrating, or staying and suffering injustice and equities, there must be a way to solve the crises, I would like to speak into three areas that need our attention: attitude, communication and cooperation with each other, and planning. Who are these people? Rather, who do they feel they are in the eyes of the rest of America? An event that happened to me may shed litfit on this for you, Shortly after being assigned to Wilmont, I attended a church supper at lona, Minnesota. I was standing In the middle of the church hall visiting when a woman I had worked with In the Wlnona Council of Catholic Women spotted me, In a very loud voice she said, t a- ther Gavin, what did you do wrong to get sent out here?' I won't tell you what I did but beneath the-question lies years of conditioning, years of fact and fiction. Who lives In rural America? Not who used to live here, but who lives here now. Those who stayed. We can marshall a lot of facts and figures to answer that question, but when all finished we will find that people are people, whether rural urban, or metropolitan, they are basically the same. But wait - all men, indeed, have equal worth, since their worth is determined by their creation and not by their Intelligence or place of residence. All men do not have the same capability. The greater the person's capacity, the greater his responsibility to help people of lesser capabilities to assure quality of life. A spirit of neighborliness built the country side in the early days of our region. I am sure some of you here before me have heard their grandparents tell of the cooperation in the Adrian Settlement that was started in September, 1877; or the Avoca settlement started in April of 1878, or the John Sweetman Settlement up around Currle in the 1880's. A barn-raising bee or a threshing ring. The same quality of neighborliness. is needed today between the farms, the towns and the center cities to build the spirit of our area community. The rural crisis that faces the nation is due not to a lack of food and fiber, but is due to a breakdown of meaningful relations between people. It is basically a problem of attitude toward our fellow man. Let us just take our attitude toward the poor as an example. First of all, do we really believe we have poor? The answer is NO, we do not believe there are any really poor people. Lew Hudson can'write all he wants, and Gerald Kiel can give us all the statistics in the world and we still procrastinate, and hedge around then finally just refuse to accept the obvious. If one or two or a hundred cases are dropped in our laps we hide behind the old myths, "It is their own fault if they are poor" or. I know a guy who . . .". Before we can have quality of life for all, we have to erase the myths that are dividing us as a people. families, and low income Individuals of all ages, In rural and urban areas, to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivations, and secure the opportunities needed for them to become selfsufflclent, or in keeping with the theme of this theme of this talk, so they can enjoy fully the quality of life. If you want to be "where the action is" in Wilmont,you have to be over 55, which most of the town folk are, and be a member of the Senior Citizen' center. As productive as this program" is, it could be even more productive of dignity and quality of life if our attitude toward the elderly would change. We have the American know-how to harness the power to shoot man to the moon. Can't we harness the power of our elderly in such a way that their last years may be productive, not of goods for money's sake, although this Is a posslblity but productive for human dignity's sake. I don't know when I have been so disappointed as a year or so ago when it was reported that the President of the United States had requested a famous folk singer to sing "Welfare Cadllac" at a White House party. Thank God the man refused. The perpetrating of such myths on any level is the very heart of our crises of attitude. The poor are here-they are the old, and the very young. They are hidden by our greatest asset "Open Space." As often happens, we have sterlo-typed all poor in the ghetto. The fact is we have not only more space, but more poor than the ghettos. Only when we accept the fact that they exist and are my brothers, can we then move on. Move on to what? Finding ways to allow the people who have stayed to grow up if they are children, or be fulfilled by productive lifes if they are young adults or adults, and to share being alive if they are our elderly. The Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council - Community Action Agency has a great pnuosopuy for doing just that. The basic purpose of the Community Action Agency is to stimulate a better focusing of all available local, state, private and federal resources upon the goal of enabling low-Income The success of the Community Action Agency, Welfare Agency, Health, Housing, any people to people help agencies, depends so much upon "attitude" of the people of this region and of the leaders elected and appointed. It also hinges upon the second area of my presentation. Bigness and newness are the mood of America. The bigger the better, the newer the nicer. The towns of these ten counties are not big nor are they new. There is a whole school of sociologists who say, "in that case, they will die. They have served their purposes, team-haul towns, sixty minutes from farm to market, and since, cars and trucks have replaced- the team, so small towns must die." You and I know these people are right if the small town remains what it was founded to be; the center of trade, the only center of life for its' people, and the farms a team- haul around. These towns were built on a spirit of strong competition and rivalry; one with another, and this may have been necessary. We don't want the small town to lose Its' life or its identity, bul how do we save them. It calls for a people who foster goodwill. While they push their own interests, they will do it In a responsible way. They will seek to get ahead, but not at the expense of their neighbor. In all cases, two things are necessary. Each community has to take an honest look at itself, and come to a dacision as to what it can really do and be not all by itself, but In close interdependence on the farms, towns and cities in the sixty-minute area round it. Then in communication and cooperation with those around, be fully alive to what it does best. the groups. The other cern that was voiced and clear was the lori political punch, the loft political power. Present] calls for a people who arJ ling to face up to rej If the eighty-six mayors! alone, they stand little dj of being heard. If all i are willing to stand toge we can be heard. We have asked our r officials to come here to listen to these talks.' Not because we are golj tell them something neif because we are doing L gether. The three major] organizations kicked thin this m'ornlng through spokesman, Norman LL, and by voice are agreed! fourteen-polnt program] Is a beginning and if wj really honest, we have face to face with our Sins on the part of the He and private sectors] of'the purposes of this ference is to show the el and appointed officials were invited here todai we do want to speaM a united voice. Town and] try people contribute t own neglect by an urn ness to face up to real There are still signiflcaj ferences between life i farm, the small town.th and the metropolitan eel However, it will be I helpful in achieving the! of this, conference and i\ ing the enrichment of: emphasize that the peo different places not onlj each other, but today ar ling to work together. The key to life Is communication. America is organized on a vertical basis and the lines of communication run from a local unit to a county unit to a state unit to a national unity. There is little horizontal dealing within a county or between counties. Vertical communication makes us dependent upon far away resources. Horizontal communication makes people aware of their interdependence. The Honorable Ray F. Schisler, Mayor of Worthington, Invited the eighty-six mayors of this ten-county area to a brain-storming session December 6, 1971, at the Worthington Country Club in preparation for this conference, Those present were asked to voice their concerns and needs. The need for better communication between all people was mentioned In all Communities have thel city to fulfill different ions, but to do so, sa terest and large comi] concerns need to be '. ance. .We need interests we need town pride, must not be ends in selves, but means to; the .evelopment of anl Lo- Ity to a place mi stf 3 in the way of ir bf .c needs. It is no !• jortant at what pa F igraphical spot nool, hospital, or located. The ling is that educa iealth, and church sej are accessible to the so that their needs met. Town and country is no longer a land ared up of Independent famili units, isolated village! towns, each with Its oj parate social institution day it Is onewebofhumj ivlty tied together i area complex. ' The old image of to a place and socialj pendence still exists mind of many. This I must be replaced by anl which reflects a spiril volvement and coordinij business efforts, a cone area development, andl terest in quality comroi I have tried to draw) er three things that ml develop and assure a 1 of life for our people] ten-county area. I wq gravely amiss if I speak strongly to tl| jor need. We have mad false gods of the "\ of the earth - pro money, possessions, power, and then wond we have trouble. The ing, mistrust and self! of all of us has to aside. We cannot ask the political sphj help If we are not oj willing to help each oth! strong must help thel not stay weak but grow er, If all we are int< in is "building bigger] for ourselves at the of our fellow men, are doomed to fail. We need roads and and crops and educatU for the quality of life all men, The above message was published as a public service by the following Orange City Builders Supply Farmers Coop Elevator Orange City Maurice Farmers Mutual Co-op Alton Farmers Co-op Oil Associatl Orange City 2-THE SIOUX COUNTY"CAPITAL, Thursday, March 2, 1912 Farmers Mutual Co*op Assoc, lumber Yard Maurice

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