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January 18, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 3

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USD A Reports '72 Record But Plans Second Look WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department, noting severe harvest weather which has distressed farmers for months, soon will take another look at 1972 production figures to help determine how much corn, soybeans and sorghum grain was lost to the elements. Officials said Monday, following a year-end summary of crop output, that a special survey will be taken so that current estimates of 1972 production can be updated as of about March 1. The plan, a Crop Reporting Board spokesman said, is for the special survey results to be announced March 15. Meantime, based on farm samplings taken in late November and early December, USDA crop experts say 1972 was a record year for production. Officials said Monday that the "all crops" index of 1972 production was 113 per cent of a 1967 based, which is used as a comparison standard. That exceeded the previous high of 112 set in 1971 but was one point short of what USDA forecast last November, the previous analysis. "The 1972 harvest of fall crops was notorious for its poor weather," the report said. "Especially affected in major producing areas were corn, soybeans and sorghum grain. Un- Nation's Farming Industry Valued at $370.6 Billion WASHINGTON (AP) - Higher crop earnings increased the value of the nation's farming industry by 7.7 per cent last year to $370.6 billion as of Jan. 1, preliminary figures by the Agriculture Department show. Even counting a further upward spiral in farm debt, totaling $70.1 billion at the beginning of this year, farmers in 1972 increased their equities in holdings to a record $298.2 billion, a boost of $25.9 billion last year. The new figures were compiled by the Economic Research Service in USDA and were released to newsmen High er Asks '73 Supports WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Farmers Organization (NFO) has asked President Nixon to raise government price supports on 1973 crops "to protect farmers from being bankrupted" by administration decisions to expand production this year. Oren Lee Staley.'NFO President, said in a telegram to Nixon dated Jan. 12 that corn should be raised to $1.40 per bushel from $1.08 now and that wheat supports should be $1.75 per bushel compared with $1.25 currently. Staley said large crop production will mean lower prices next fall and "fairness and economic common sense" demand that the risk be temperatured by an increase in support prices. "Shifting the burden of inflation-control costs to farmers via uncontrolled production is unreasonable, unfair and will prove economically disastrous for the whole economy if bankruptcies sweep the rural areas," Staley told Nixon. The Agriculture Department has loosened crop programs this year in hopes of boosting grain and soybean production. Lower Milk Production WASHINGTON (AP) - Milk production last month totaled 9.4 billion pounds, down two- tenths of one per cent from December 1971, but total output from the nation's dairy farms for all of 1972 was at the highest level in seven years, according to the Agriculture Department. The preliminary estimate of milk production last year is 120.4 billion pounds, a gain of 1.5 per cent from 1971 and the most since 1965 when 124.1 billion pounds were produced. On The Farm today as "only preliminary" estimates. Livestock on farms as of Jan. 1 was valued at $29 billion, up 6.1 per cent from a year earlier, but crop inventories jumped 26.6 per cent to $15 billion. Farm real estate showed a record jump in value of $22.8 billion from Jan. 1, 1972, an increase of 7.3 per cent. Total value of all farm real estate was put at $251.4 billion. Farm debt at $70.1 billion on Jan. 1 was up 7.6 per cent or $3.2 billion from the start of 1972, according to USDA records. In 1971 debt rose a record for one year of $5.8 billion. favorable harvest weather persisted from early harvest to date." But, on a preliminary basis, the report showed 1972 corn production to be more than 5.47 billion bushels, a gain of about 73 million from the crop predicted last November and only three per cent short of the record set in 1971. The report also showed a revised corn-production estimate for 1971 of 5.64 billion bushels, about 100 million more than the record crop had been shown to be until now. Soybeans last year totaled 1.28 billion bushels, up nine per cent from 1971 but down from the 1.35 billion indicated two months ago. Officials said the updated crop estimates were based in part on what farmers "expected to be harvested" when surveys were taken weeks ago. Since then, however, harvest operations became bogged down in many areas. Garden Talk ESTHERV1LLE DAILY NEWS, THURS., JAN. 18, 1973 Page 3 Six-Week Europe Trip For IH Contest Winners Top Gadget Show Russ Lair, top, and Bob Simacek emerged as winners in a Farm Gadget Show sponsored by the Estherville Vocational Agriculture Adult Farmer class. Thirteen exhibits were entered and judged by the 17 members of the class present. Lair won in the large class with a loading chute while Simacek was the intermediate and handy hint class winner with two welded gates and pig pans made from wheel'drums. Plaques will be awarded the winners at a later date. The Estherville Implement company has announced that eight Iowa farm youths will earn a six-week trip to Europe this summer as winners of International Harvester's 'Young International Farmer' contest now underway in the state. Twenty- four finalists will win television sets and 500 more entrants will walk off with transistor radios. Any young man between the ages of 14 and 20, whose folks earn at least half of their income from farming in Iowa, can enter by securing contest forms and details from an HI dealer. According to Jerry Hendrickson, owner of the local IH dealership, "International Harvester decided on the six-week tour of Europe, because of the growing importance of international trade relations, particularly where agriculture is concerned." The tour will include two weeks of sightseeing and four weeks of practical experience on a farm in Germany or Great Britain. Jerry urged all eligible young men to enter and said, "I want to see one of our young farmers make that trip. Agriculture is very important to this area and the young farmers of today and tomorrow should swap ideas with their counterparts in this small world of ours." He emphasized that no purchase was necessary and ownership of International tractors or equipment would be given no consideration by the independent judges. Alfalfa Seed Output Down WASHINGTON (AP) - Alfalfa seed production in 1972 was the smallest in nearly a quarter century, according to Agriculture Department records. Total output last year was about 101.3 million pounds, a drop of 13 per cent from 1971. Records show that to be the smallest production since 1948 when the crop was 57 million pounds. Old Glory Means Lot to Veterans Jeseph Gabrielsen Graettinger, Iowa Above the high, west bluffs of friendly Hot Springs, South Dakota, stand two and more massive buildings surrounded by nice landscaping; the state and federal veteran homes. They are the haven for our retired war heroes, mostly from World War I; and in the state home is our Uncle John "Arnie" Aust. The buildings are constructed of enduring stone. But inside the walls of these imposing structures, there is the warmth of close fellowship with their own kind of kindred hopes and dreams. The doctors, nurse sand staff have that personal touch with individuals best expressed by love and understanding. Among the good people there, I found a nice sense of humor and awareness of reality in their late years of life. LIKE MANY OTHER young men of his time, Arnie was called to service from a rural area. There, he was hastily trained in the rudiments of warfare and soon sent overseas where he and others were flung against a veteran foe whose armies were sweeping through Europe. In 1917 and on, they fought on the bloodstained fields of Europe and lived or died. They faced mass troops who charged 'over the top' (trenches) in waves. They faced the terror of shot and shell and breathed the horror which was the first mustard gas. and last use of Milk-Feed Ratio Slumps WASHINGTON (AP) - Soar* ing feed costs have caused the government's milk-feed ratio to slump to the lowest level in 18 months, according to the Agriculture Department. The ratio, an indicator of how well dairy farmers are doing, was 1.63 in December, down from 1.80 in November and a near-record high of 1.85 in Dec. 171. According to USDA records, I last month's ratio r- which expresses in pounds| the amount of feed ration equal in value to one pound of milk on the far — was the lowest since July 1971 when it was 1.61 for the month. The price of milk paid dairy farmers was up 40 cents per hundredweight from a year earlier in December to $6.57 but feed costs went up faster, rising 70 cents to an average for the Higher Prices Get Grain WASHINGTON (AP) - Higher market prices are continuing to attract grain from government price-support programs into commercial channels, according to the Agriculture Department. As of Jan. 1, farmers had only 241.4 million bushels of new-crop corn locked off the market under price support loans, compared with 583 million a year earlier, the department says. Although officials say higher prices have made the loan program less attractive, another factor has been the weather which slowed the 1972 corn harvest drastically from a year earlier. But corn prices higher, averaging bushel last month, with $1.20 in Dec. have been $1.42 per compared 1971. The Wheat loans also have been relatively small, covering only 73.7 million bushels of 1972-crop grain as of Jan. 1, compared with nearly 360 million a year earlier. Found Guilty Of Drug Sales CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Robert D. Brockes, 27, of Eldora, and David D. Moeller, 23, of Conrad, Wednesday were found guilty of two drug-related counts each by a U. S. District Court jury here. Both men were found guilty of possession with intent to deliver and with delivery of 1,880 amphetamine tablets last June 2 at Eldora. month $4.04 per hundredweight from $3.34 in Dec. 1971. In November 100 pounds of feed cost $3.63 which meant that 41 centq of the one-year gain occurred in one month. The all-time peak for the ratio was $.88 in Nov. 1971 when feed costs were much lower. Rising production expenses are worrying the dairy industry and have prompted the National Milk Producers Federation to ask USDA for an increase in milk price supports for the year beginning April 1. The rate currently is $4 .93 per hundredweight for manufacturing grade milk, the level in effect since April 1, 1971. Agriculture Secretary Earl L." Butz denied an industry request for a raise last year. Under federal law, milk price supports have to be at least 75 per cent of parity at the beginning of a new marketing year. The federation says that will mean a mandatory boost for 1973-74 to about $5.15 per hundredweight. But the federation is seeking an increase to 85 per cent of 1 the estimated parity price to $5.84 per hundredweight beginning April 1. Patrick B. Healy, secretary of the federation, says the raise is needed to head off cutbacks in milking herds and to guarantee ample milk supplies for consumers. THEY FACED AN UNKNOWN foe perhaps in fear and trembling but came out veterans true and tried. They knew the enemy. They were men who never gave up; never surrendered, and they won the victory. Like Arnie, these men were once bright eyed, full of pride and life and loved living just like you and me. Today, most of the beterans of World War I are crowned with grey, many are wheeled about in chairs and some are stooped under the weight of the years. But not all for many— in and outside the walls wherever they may be — are like oaks; they stand straight and tall and are blessed with grace and vigor. For many in today's world, perhaps the annals of the past hold little interest and their stories slumber. Moat likely, 'books like All quiet on the Western Front, by Maria Remarque, and Over the Top, by Sgt. Empey gather dust on library shelves. And who was Sgt. Alvin York? Well . . . for veterans and folks like me, we can never forget! TO SOME, MEN, in these homes may seem surrounded by stone walls and things of the past yet they have access to the outside world through newspapers, TV and radio just like all of us. They monitor the news and happenings. Ofter, they stand aghast and listen. They saw and heard when Angella Davis was acquitted; they tuned in Jane Fonda when she started to speak—and reached to turn off the set; they witnessed rebellion and bloody riots against authority on the 1 streets of our nation; and in amazement and bewilderment, sec and hear suave Senator Mike Mansfield majority leader in the Senate, from a coalition to cut off war aid for South Viet Nam at a time when Prisident Nixon is conducting delicate and precarious negotiations with the North Vietnamese for an honorable peace. They wonder: Where are we? OLD GLORY MEANS a lot to these veterans. Years ago, they fought for principle, for honor and democracy. Now the long years have passed, and their ranks have thinned. Yet to them, America is beautiful and a land they love. To me, they are heroes all. One could sense, above all else, they wished to convey a hope that they had not fought in vain; that too, we must keep the faith with those 'In Flandcr's field where poppies grow among the crosses row on row'. Sets Hearing On Shortage WASHINGTON (AP) - A senate agriculture subcommittee has tentatively scheduled a hearing Jan. 25 to determine what can be done to relieve a boxcar shortage which is slowing down the movement of recently harvested grain to areas of comsumption. "There is a feeling among many grain elevator operators in the country that the larger terminal elevators are'getting all the boxcars while the smaller elevators are left with large orders to fill and no means of transportation. government's loan price is $1.05 per bushel, well below what farmers have been getting on the market. ATTENTION FARMERS Insure With Emmet County Farmers Mutual Insurance Association (Established in 1894) Complete coverage on Home, Auto & Liability, See your County Mutual— IMT agent as he is an expert on property and other INSURANCE. We Welcome a visit with you about all your insurance needs. Are your VALUES up to date? Call or See: ARNOLD GAARDE AGENCY STAN YOUNG INSURANCE Estherville, Iowa "BE WORRY FREE WITH IMT Armstrong, Iowa EARLY DISCOUNTS NOW IN EFFECT • SHIVVERS GRAIN CIRCULATORS • • DRYING AND STORAGE BINS • > AMERICAN AUTOMATIC BATCH DRYERS • • GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT • ORDER NOW FOR LOWEST PRICES POSSIBLE CALL ERVIN LOEWENBERG 362-3783 OR FARM SERVICE CO. - GRUVER, IOWA 362-5514 , Henry Block has 17 reasons why you should come to us for income tax help. Reason 17. You can get help on your tax returns from the IRS. Free. Our average fee was about 12 dollars last year. But I think you'll feel more comfortable coming to us. You'll know we're doing the best we can to save you money on your taxes. After all, we want your business again, next year. THE INCOME TAX PEOPLE ' m i 126 CENTRAL AVE. •Open 9am-9pm Weekdays, 9am-5pm Saturday*-Ph. 362-3351| OPEN TONIGHT • NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY Boys 14 to 20: Enter the Young International Farmer Competition . . . it's easy . . come in! Win a summer on a farm in Europe ... pins tour. Pick up your entry blank now at our dealership. You can spend 4 weeks on a working farm . . . plus two weeks touring Europe this summer. . . with all expenses paid! Get all the details from us. Eighteen winners to be chosen from Illinois and Iowa. Fifty-four finalists and 1 ,000 runners-up to receive valuable prizes. Competition closes February 14, 1973. Winners will be announced at the Boys State Basketball Tournament, March 16-17, co-sponsored by IH. See us now. Don't miss this opportunity. You can be a winner in this competition. Sponsored by IH and its dealer organization in the interest of better understanding among young farmers of the world. ESTHERVILLE IMPLEMENT CO., INC. 2703 EAST CENTRAL PHONE 362-3996

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