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January 25, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 3

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Senate Threatens Budget Over Scrapped Programs By LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of a Senate appropriations subcommittee threatened Tuesday to hold up President Nixon's Agriculture Department budget until the President revives several recently scrapped farm programs. Sen. Gale McGee, D-Wyo., told a news conference he will refuse to receive the President's new budget and will not allow any administration witnesses before his Agriculture subcommittee until nearly $1 billion in frozen farm program funds are released. McGee also said he will not consider a continuing resolution which would allow the department to continue operating on last year's budget He said unless the funds are released and the programs restored, "they will get zilch, zero, nothing." McGee's action, taken on his own, gave a new dimension to what many senators and House members see as a deepening constitutional crisis between Congress and the President. "This whole country has been shocked by the symbolism of the action of the President," McGee said. "Namely the flouting of the constitutional system of checks and balances. "Therefore," he said, "unless they revert back to the constitutional basis for our system, we're through." He said the President's only recourse will be to return to the programs he "wiped out." "Only then we can procede to consider whatever their druthers might be," he said. McGee said his stand — using the congressional power of the purse — may be the only way Congress can regain some of the powers he said have been lost to the executive branch. McGee was asked if his posi- Feedlot Sizes Up For 1972 ^WASHINGTON (AP) - The long-time trend to fewer but larger cattle feeding operations continued in 1972, according to surveys by the Agriculture Department. Over-all, feedlots in 23 major producing states totaled 154,536 or a seven per cent drop from 165,237 reported for 1971. All size categories up to 8,000-head capacity lots showed declines while those larger than that increased in number. Taken as a group, the smaller feedlots with fewer than 1,000-head capacity turned out only 37 per cent of the fattened cattle in the 23 states, a total marketing of more than 26.8 million head last year. In 1971 the smaller operations produced 42 per cent of the beef, and in 1970 turned out 45 per cent. Turned around, nearly two- thirds of the feedlot cattle were produced last year from pens having capacities of more than 1,000 head each. The super-size cattle feeding operations — lots with capacities of 32,000 head or more — numbered 59 last year, compared with 45 in 1971, and 42 in 1970. Texas showed the most super-size feedlots at 24 reported. The decline in the smaller feedlots — those with fewer than 1,000 head — was particularly apparent in Iowa where the inventory showed 35,830 operated last year. Those marketed 3,556,000 cattle. Iowa in 1971 had 38,830 of the tion won't unfairly penalize the nation's farmers. "It's time to bite the bullet," he responded." "McGee's biting the bullet now." McGee said he did not think it likely he would be overruled by his subcommittee or the full appropriations committee. And he said repeatedly his objections lie mainly not with the programs which were elimi­ nated but with the means chosen to do it. The programs affected by the executive branch action include funds for the Rural Environmental Assistance program, for rural electrification loans, for Farm Emergency Disaster loans, for subsidized rural housing grants, and for rural sewer and water grants. U.S, Crop Value Up $4.2 Billion By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Led by big increases for corn and soybeans, the value of U.S. crop production to farmers last year jumped more than $4.2 billion to a record of nearly $33.2 billion, according to preliminary figures by the Agriculture Department. The farm value of corn and soybeans, computed on average market prices in 1972, rose nearly $1 billion for each commodity from 1971. Corn averaged $1.29 per bushel on the market last year for a total of $7,017 billion, compared with $1.08 and $6,095 billion for the 1971 crop, the department said in a year-end report The per-bushel corn price, however, was not as much as the $1.33 average farmers received for their 1970 crop which was reduced by southern leaf blight. The record high for an entire season was $2.16 per bushel in 1947. But soybeans broke all records for gross farm value and unit price, with $4,451 billion and $3.49 per' bushel, respectively, for 1972. That compared with a 1971 farm value of $3,538 billion and a market price average of $3.01 per bushel. The previous top price was $3.33 per bushel in 1947. The 1972 estimate values for wheat and other small grains were announced in December, Wheat, buoyed by a season average of $1.67 per bushel, was put at $2,575 billion. In 1971 wheat was $1.34 per bushel and totaled $2,164 billion. Officials said the figures did not include government payments to farmers for such crops as feed grain, wheat and cotton. When those are added, the all-crop value last year was about $36.6 billion for approximately $3.1 billion more than the value based solely on market prices. Based on market prices No Shipping Wheat Flour alone, other 1972 crops and estimated farm values included: Cotton $1.7 billion in 1972 and $1.4 billion in 1971; sorghum grain $1.04 billion and $910.3 million; rice $561.7 million and $457.6 million; tobacco $1.44 billion and $1.34 billion; and all baled hay $3.6 billion and $3.3 billion. ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, THURS./JAN. 25, 1973 Page 3 Charge Low Income City Borrowers Have Advantage IT'S A FEMAILBOX at the Dean Morris residence near Addison, Wis. "Mannequin alive, look at those lines!" Iowa Still Second in Beef By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Feedlots will turn out seven per cent more cattle during the first three months of 1973 than a year ago, says the Agriculture Department. As of Jan. 1, according to USDA surveys, feeders in 23 major beef states say they intend to market 6.9 million head during the January-March quarter, compared with fewer Buzzing of the Bees By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's bees were busier last year and produced 214.6 million pounds of honey, up nine per cent from the 197.4 million turned out in 1971, says the Agriculture Department. Although honey production was up, commercial beekeeping continued to decline as it has done since 1948, officials said in a year-end report Fewer than 4.1 million colonies were in production, down one per cent from 1971. Yields' of honey per. colony were up, however, averaging 52.8 pounds each, compared with 48.0 in 1971. Honey prices also increased last year to an average of 31.3 cents per pound, up 44 per cent from the 1971 average of 21.8 and the most since 1947, the report said. The price average included all wholesale and retail sales for all types of honey. • Top producing states in 1972 On The Farm included: Florida 26.6 million pounds; California 24.5 million; South Dakota 14.8 million; Minnesota 11.8 million; and Texas 11.4 million. Laying Hens WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department says the nation's hens produced 5.8 billion eggs in December, six per cent fewer than a year earlier. The reason for the decline is a cutback in laying flocks following many months of low egg prices. than 6.5 million a year earlier, most of the gain is expected in Texas. Texas, which has led the nation in production of feed cattle the past year or two, continues to outrank Iowa, which historically has been the top beef state. The survey showed Texas expects to market 1.26 million cattle by March 31, compared with 947,000 in the first quarter of 1972. That would be a 33 per cent increase. By comparison, Iowa feeders say they hope to sell 890,000 head, up three per cent from 868,000 a year earlier. Nebraska will be the second- ranked producer during the first quarter with an estimated 1.05 million head for market, up six per cent from 994,000 last year, according to the survey. Kansas, with 700,000 head expected to be sold, was ranked - fourth. That would be a 15 per cent increase in feedlot market­ ings from January-March last year, when 610,000 were marketed. There was almost a tie for fifth-place feedlot sales. Colorado showed 545,000 head for market, a decline of four per cent from last year, while California feeders reported they expect to sell 540,000, or a gain of three per cent from early 1972. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Rural Housing Alliance says the Nixon administration should lift immediately an order canceling subsidized home loans to poor families served by the Farmers Home Administration. Claiming that low-income city borrowers will have- an advantage under administration housing policies, the RHA said Monday that immediate action is needed to bring about a "parity of paucity" to poor families in the countryside. Clay L. Cochran, executive director of RHA, said in a let ter to Agriculture Secretary Earl, L. Butz that the cutbacks in rural housing dealt a "cruel blow" to needy families. The Agriculture Department disclosed two weeks ago that FHA subsidized home loans to low-income families and several other housing programs were cut off as of Jan. 8. A similar cutback in subsidized loans for city dwellers was announced earlier by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HUD order, however, said a backlog of applications would keep low-income home construction at the current level for the next 18 months. Cochran contended that the FHA order shut off incoming applications abruptly and that no such pipeline for low-income subsidized loans exists. The FHA had programmed its total housing program at $2.1 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30, with more than half the amount scheduled for subsidized or "interest credit" loan arrangements. Under the plan, a low-income borrower can get FHA money for an ire> terest rate as low as one peri cent. "We urge a prompt investigation of the serious inequity which currently exists and will cripple the rural housing pr<H gram and that immediate cor-, rective action be taken," Coch* ran told Butz. > Retain Hunting, Fishing : I Programs for Farm Land (AP) The WASHINGTON government has tightened another export program relating, to wheat. Effective Jan. 26, the Agriculture Department announced Monday, wheat flour will not be eligible for shipment under U.S. barter arrangements with foreign countries. Under barter, U.S. farm products in effect are traded to foreign users in exchange for goods and services required by official U.S. installations in those countries, 'such as embassies and military units. Officials said wheat flour was eliminated from the list of eligible commodities for barter as the result of "a review of the domestic and world market situation." Export subsidies for wheat were canceled late last summer, and those for wheat flour were ended recently. The subsidies were paid to help make U.S. products more price-competitive on the world market. smaller feedlots and market- |.,„ r ings of 3,574,000 head. The 1970 MIIK import inventory showed the state had 41,829 which produced 4,062,000 (JuOtU Readied cattle. i Swearing-in Ceremony WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz officiated Wednesday at a swearing-in ceremony for three new top officials of his department Clayton Yeutter, a native of Nebraska, was sworn,in as assistant secretary of agriculture for marketing and consumer services; William Erwin, an Indianan, as assistant secretary for rural development; and John A. Knebel, an Oklahoma native, as USDA general counsel. WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Milk Producers Federation says a special quota for admitting 25 million pounds of nonfat dry milk into the United States by Feb. 15 already has been filled. The special quota was announced by the White House last Dec. 30 as a measure to make more of the dry milk available to food processors who had claimed they were running short. According to the federation, all 5 million pounds allowed by the White House order was ordered by Jan. 15, a month ahead of the deadline. The federation had opposed the action on grounds it would tend to depress milk prices to U.S. farmers. 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That is the size of the program in 1972 and affects the same counties as last year, officials said. "Many farms and ranches are located near heavily peo- pulated areas and have desirable open spaces offering important recreational possi­ bilities," Agriculture Secretary Earl . Butz said in a statement; Butz said "further testing" of the program is needed this year before serious considers* tion can be given for extending it to other areas. To qualify for' payments— an average of about $375 per farm annually—farmers participate in 1973 acreage set-aside programs for wheat,: feed grains or cotton. Government sources said: Thursday that the administration wanted to cancel the program after the 1972 test run but decided to proceed again this year at the urging of Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla., and several other members of Congress who like the idea. HANSON SILOS 3 WAYS BETTER! Laigei SWING IN DOORS No more wrestling with hnavy doors. Big. for easy access. r L Write for FREE Literature. 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