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Thursday, January 11, 1973
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Clark Asks Justification Of Grain, Grain Bin Sale WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Dick Clark CD-Iowa) said Monday that he has written Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz asking him to justify the Agriculture Department's schedules for selling Commodity Credit Corporation grain and grain bins. The freshman Senator, named last week to the Senate Agriculture committee, said he considers the Department's announced schedules "unreasonably hasty from the standpoint of the farmer." "In the first case, at least." he said, "they seem designed merely to once again benefit major grain brokers at the farmer's expense." The USDA announced Thursday that it will sell and ship all J45 million bushels of government-owned grain and wheat presently stored in the interior within the next two months. It had earlier ordered that a large number of CCC grain bins must be sold by May 31, Charge FHA Loan Cutback 'Slap at Rural America 9 By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The decision by the Nixon administration to cut back federally Subsidized housing loans made to poor families by the Farmers Home Administration was labeled today "a slap at rural America" by the Rural Housing Alliance. "It is incredible that the government, in the name of economy, puts the whole burden of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor," said Clay L. Cochran, executive director of the alliance. Agriculture Department officials disclosed Tuesday that FHA field offices had been ordered to take no more applications for loans with subsidized interest rates. The orders also curtailed "until further notice" new loans and grants to build farm- labor housing and rental projects. Officials of the agency said, however, that the $2.1 billion housing program would operate at near volume for the fiscal year ending June 30 because higher-income applicants paying regular commercial interest rates are expected to fill the void. Under an "interest credit," or subsidy, arrangement, a low- income rural family could get an FHA mortgage and then pay a much lower interest rate, often as low as one per cent. The agency made up the difference' Petroleum Byproducts For Protein WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan, the biggest customer of the U.S. soybean farmer, is turning seriously to petroleum byproducts as a source of protein meal for livestock, says the Agriculture Department. By 1975, the Economic Research Service said on Monday, Japan could be getting as much as 11 per cent of its livestock protein feed supplements from petroleum. Basically, ERS reported in the January issue of "Farm Index," protein is formed when yeast is put on common paraffin wax, a derivative of converting raw petroleum into fuel. "It contains the essential amino acids needed by humans and animals for tissue building," the ERS said. "In one of these aminos, lysine, the petroleum product has a higher percentage than soybeans cake." Officials said the petroleum protein "may be no more costly to make" than that from soybeans. World output of petroleum protein still is relatively small, with production including: France 16,000 to 20,000 tons a year; Soviet Union, 5,000 and Britain, 8,000, the report said. The go-ahead for development in Japan was given last September when Japanese health authorities declared petroleum protein to be free of cancer-causing ingredients and other toxic substances. Japan is the biggest buyer of U.S. soybeans, taking about $357 million worth last fiscal year, the report said. Oppose Control Of Farm Prices WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite rising food prices, Nixon administration farm officials still are adamantly opposed to controls on farm prices. Don Paarlberg, director of economics for the Agriculture Department, says he expects another round of pressure for farm controls as a result of the latest government report on wholesale prices. between the low rate charged the borrower and the cost to the government. More than half the loans made' by FHA for housing have been to low-income applicants under the rent-subsidy policy. Cochran said in a statement that the cut off repudiates 40 years of federal commitment to help provide decent housing for all people. "Surely they could find tax loopholes that could be closed, military costs that could be pared, and use those devices to save money," Cochran said. The housing official, looking ahead to next fiscal year, said some 83,000 low-income families will be deprived of an estimated $1.25 billion in housing credit. Further, Cochran said, the FHA decision will mean a loss of 80,000 man-years of employment and $3.75 billion in spending which would have been generated by all sources in rural communities if the program had continued. His latter contention, however, was disputed by FHA officials who explained that housing loans will continue almost on target. The difference, they said, is the loans now will go to higher-income families instead of poor applicants. with farmers removing the grain they have stored in them by April 31. In Iowa, 13,000 bins, or one- half the total bins in the state, are to be sold. "The USDA must consider its responsibility to farmers as it schedules disposal of these surplus stocks and facilities, "Clark said. "The present schedule for selling the stocks will only' result in further complications of the existing grain-transportation nightmare, and will likely serve only the interests of the nation's major grain brokers. Because they own terninal warehouses, they are the only ones prepared to handle the volumes being sold. Farmer-owned grains are already spoiling in bins and cribs for lack of boxcars to move them." "The present schedule for selling the bins will pose great hardships for farmers— not only because of transportation problems, but also because the loans on much of the 1972-crop corn stored in the bins will not mature until July 31." If these bins must be disposed of, it would seem more equitable to do so in the second half of the year. At that time, farmers could better determine their needs for 1973-crop storage, and the sale would also be likely to produce a larger return of revenue to the government." Clark warned that farmers in his state are already irate over the cuts and reduction made during the past three weeks in farm and rural programs. "Our farmer deserve better treatment from the Department" he said. "The Department was created to listen and respond to their needs." On The Farm ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, THUHS., JAN. 11, 1973 Page 7 Garden Talk South Dakota Has Everything Farm Bureau Presidents Area Farm Bureau leaders attending the American Farm Bureau convention in Los Angeles recently were, from left, C. E. Lawrence of Lake Park, John Gosch of Estherville and Leo Stephas of Ruthven. Lawrence is president of the Dickinson County chapter, Gosch is president of the Emmet county chapter and Stephas of the Palo Alto County chapter. Farm Bureau Opposes Ending of REAP Program The Iowa Farm Bureau is opposing complete elimination of the Rural Environmental Assistance Program (REAP), the sudden switch in REA low interest loans and the elimination of emergency funds for catastrophe loans to agriculture. The Iowa Farm Bureau outlined its views in Jan. 8 letters to the state's U.S. Senators and Representatives. The action was taken following discussion at the organization's recent board of directors meeting. In the letters, J. Merrill Anderson, Iowa Farm Bureau president, said that the continued use of money for sound permanent conservation practices is even more important now, consistent with the current emphasis on wa­ ter quality improvement, pollution control and rural development. Anderson said Farm Bureau supports savings and better use of REAP funds through elimination of cost-sharing on primarily production-increasing practices and temporary . conservation practices. But Anderson added, "The complete elimination of these funds is unwise." Unless all types of catastrophe loans are eliminated, Farm Bureau opposes the elimination of these loans for agriculture. There may have been poor administration of these emergency loans in the past but this only justifies more careful administration or a reduction in funds, End Wheat Production Restrictions By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Stunned by the sharpest rise in farm wholesale prices in 26 years, the Nixon administration has canceled a requirement that farmers must take land from production of wheat in hopes of boosting grain and livestock production this year. The Agriculture Department announced the move late Wednesday, including a removal of a ban against allowing livestock to graze on idled acres "set aside" under government control programs for wheat and feed grain. "The decision to permit grazing on set-aside acreage was made in order to prevent or alleviate a shortage in the supply of livestock feed," the department said. Officials announced the move following the disclosure on Tuesday by the government that wholesale farm products, including meat and other food products, jumped 6.8 per cent in December. But the American National Cattlemen's Association, which has been opposed to full-season grazing on idled crop acres, said the action was short-sighted and would not solve the meat situation. C. W. McMillan, ANCA executive vice president, said in Indianapolis Wednesday night that the announcement was a "stunning surprise" to him. "It absolutely throws confusion into the whole picture," McMillan said in a telephone interview. "I'm sure it was a reaction to the wholesale price announcement on Tuesday." McMillan said such action was an attempt at "artificial creation'' of more beef and that it would hurt more than help in the long run. The cancellation of the wheat set-aside requirement means that farmers will not have to idle part of their acreage to qualify for price supports and payments on their 1973 crop. It also could mean that farmers who produce spring-planted wheat will increase their acreage substantially. For winter wheat farmers, who planted their crop last fall for harvest next summer, the cancellation means they can plant spring crops such as sorghum, corn, soybeans and oats on their newly activated fields and still qualify for basic benefits under the wheat program. In all, USDA said, some 15 million acres which would have been forced into retirement this year under the wheat program will be available for crop use. Glen A. Weir, associate administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, said he had no estimate on how farmers might react as a result of the acre-release order. Unusually severe weather last fall hampered harvests of corn and soybeans and caused undetermined losses to those and other late crops. The weather and a big export demand have sent grain and oil seed prices soaring, particular­ ly for wheat. In December, wheat averaged $2.38 per bushel, the most since 1948 and compared with $1.32 last July before the full extent of foreign sales became known. The Soviet Union bought more than 400 million bushels of wheat, more than one-fourth of the U.S. crop. "The grazing privilege will assist livestock producers in meeting increasing consumer demand for meat products by making additional forage available to supplement feed supplies," the department said. Farmers who do graze live­ stock on normally idled acres will have their government payments reduced, the USDA said. The scale of payment reductions will be available soon at local ASCS offices, the department said. Three Killed SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. Command announced today that three Americans were killed in action last week, eight were wounded and two died of nonhostile causes. It was the lowest weekly toll since the start of the aerial blitz against Hanoi and Haiphong. the farm leader said. "Complete elimination is another matter." Anderson said rural electric cooperatives having a very high mileage of transmission lines per customer need government low interest loans to improve their financial situation. "A sudden switch to private credit could be serious for these cooperatives. Consequently, we believe more time is necessary to permit adequate capitalization of the recently established bank for rural electric cooperatives and for structuring rural electric cooperatives to reach the point where they can secure adequate capitalization from private sources." Anderson told Iowa's congressional delegation that Farm Bureau favors reducing government expenditures to bring inflation under control. "However, reductions must be made only after careful study as to how much expenditures must be reduced and where they can best be made. Excessive measures could also seriously affect the nation's economic health. "When the proper reduction in government expenditures has been determined, we are willing to make suggestions to obtain agriculture's proportionate share." You're invited... Profitable Corn Production Meeting TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED • Rates of Planting • Herbicides • Planting Dates • New Hybrids • Fertilization • Insecticides Get the latest facts from research which Pioneer Seed Company conducts for you. Corn profits this year will go to the sharp managers... men who study all of the alternatives before spring work starts. Your Pioneer Area Agronomist will discuss these alternatives at this meeting. He'll also tell you about new Pioneer brand hybrids and review the last year's performance of established numbers. Plan to attend I PIONEER B>?AND SEED CORN TIME: January 16, 1973 - 1:15 p.m. PLACE: V.W.F. Hall, Esthervflle SPEAKERS: Marlin Edwards, Area Agronomist Leonard Anderson, District Sales Manager PIONEER SEED COMPANY 1206 Mulberry Street Des Moines, Iowa 50308 PIONEER Is a brand name.® Registered trademark of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Dai Molnel, lOW Joseph Gabrielsen Graettinger, Iowa America is big; and so is one of its states, South Dakota. South Dakota is so large we can meet the typical mid-westerner in the east, travel west and greet the broad-hatted cattlemen in cow country. From the eastern prairies, we can speed across the plains until we reach the pine scented wonderland of the Black Hills. In this realm of space, time does not stand still for if we began with central time in the east, it is mountain time at Chamberlain. Here the west begins. In this level terrain— mostly flat as a table — we sped along the highway with the sun shining brightly and mother earth covered with a moderate blanket of snow. The air was fresh and crisp — no smog here — so the car heater made us warm and comfortable. The motor purred the wheels spun bringing us to well known places such as Mitchell, Kimball, Chamberlain and others.We first drove to Sioux Falls so we could take highway 90. Then, like a robot at the wheel, we drove along the one way two lane highway where the ribbon of gray seemed to flow endlessly westward. AT KIMBALL, we stopped at the live stock auction to say hello to relatives. The sale for the day was over. Many from our area are familiar with this exchange for they have bought their western feeding cattle here. At old Chamberlain, we crossed the broad Missouri over along bridge. The river was once an unpredictable, treacherous tyrant whose waters were often described as too thin to plow and too thick to drink. Now, it was tamed by many dams and its peaceful channel sparkled and rippled under the bright sun. Outside of Chamberlain, we stopped at a popular wayside inn who catered to hungry travelers like us. There by coincidence, we met a rancher friend who had great holdings and waB then weaning calves. In the midst of conversation, in walked cousin Oliver Strand whom I last saw about forty years ago. Surely it is a small world. WE SKIRTED THE EDGE of the mighty Missouri, left it and soon arrived at Wall, that famous watering place and carnival of curio shops, trinkets, books, atr- ifacts and other temptations man is heir to; a place made familiar because of signs plasteredevery- where. Like last year, once again we sat down in the cafe, had a good meal and rubbed elbows with vagabonds and curiosity seekers from all parts of the United States. Once again I sauntered about the place, looking at painted pictures of the West upon the walls and read the brief summary of the hectic lives of the old time gunslingers like Pat Garret, then sheriff who shot his old time friend, Billie the Kid, and enjoyed the reward; Luke Short, the deadly enigma, the Earps, the Clantons and others who ruled the roost by law of the six shooter. But could violence be any worse than now! FROM THE HIGHWAY, we caught glimpses of the badlands; that tradgedy of erosian. Soon, we could see a dark smudge against the western horizon which turned out to be the picturesque Black Hills of South Dakota; a region of hills and small mountains forested by the graceful pine and spruce. At Rapid City, we at long last turned expectantly southward. The roads were clear, the sun shone brightly, the air was refreshingly crisp and the motor hummed smoothly so what more could a traveler ask! There was no mistaking Hot Springs. The vapor from the hot spring which flowed through the city cast a veil of fog above the creek bed. The streets were filled with friendly people shopping. QUICKLY, THE LOWERING sun plunged behind the rimrock above the city and shadow fell. At a motel, we rested our weary beings. That night, the temperatures dropped to zero. Pleads Guilty WASHINGTON (AP) - After hearing the prosecution describe an alleged campaign of espionage against the Democratic party, former White House consultant E. Howard Hunt has pleaded guilty to three charges growing out of the break-in at Democratic national headquarters. After hearing the plea Wednesday, U.S. Dist. Court Judge John J. Sirica recessed court overnight to consider whether to accept it. 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I.H. disk w/sealed brgs., sharp 1550.00 495A planter w/fert.; herb; insect. 1050.00 495A planter w/fert.; herb; insect. 925.00 495A planter w/fert.; herb; insect. 895.00 495A planter w/fert.; herb; insect. 850.00 58 4-row w/fert.; herb; insect. 1025.00 450 planter w/fert.; herb. 275.00 58 4-row w/fert.; herb; insect. 975.00 494A w/herb.; insect.; fert. 850.00 400 4-row wide cycle air planter; fert.; insect.; herb. 2350.00 461 cult.; M mtgs. 350.00 461 cult.; 706 mtgs. 375.00 Oliver 4-row cult. 325.00 M.M. 4-row rear mount cult. • — 525.00 Dual loader w/560 mtgs., 84" snow bucket. 550.00 J.D. 24 field cult.; 3 pt. 350.00 J.D. 6-row narrow & 4 wide planter; fert.; herb.; insect. 1175.00 Stan Hoist 4-row stock cutter, like new 695.00 744 4-row wide corn head (DEMO) 3650.00 B207E Allis Chalmers riding mower, like new 425.00 • RINGSTED IMPLEMENT CO. HI. PHONE 866-0841

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