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June 18, 1972

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ti9i 20 PAMPA,TEXAS Form Page «6th YEAR Sunday, June II, 1872 armers Union Plans Austin 'Drive-in' Visit Mosquito Season Endangers Horses Concerned farmers and ranchers will visit members of the legislature during the special session June 20. Texas Farmers Union is planning a "Drive-In" to Austin and members from across the state will spend a full day talking with legislators on important state legislation Including trailer safety legislation changes, additional funds for the screwworm eradication program, and the need for property tax reform. The farmer-day in Austin will begin with a breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at the Downtowner Motel Support Payment Chop Seen C 0 L I, K 0 K STATION-Karmers receiving maximum amounts in government support payments should expect to see them shopped by as much as 60 or 80 percent in 1974. This is the studied opinion of Dr. Clive R Marston of the Texas Agricultural Kxpcriment Station at Texas A&M University. "It is inevitable that the limitation will be lowered with (he next farm bill, which is being drafted now." he said. "The question will only be by how much." llarston. a specialist in agricultural policy in the Department of Agricultural K c o n o m i c s and H u r a I Sociology, explained that a farmer is currently limited to receiving no more than $55.000 in payments for each crop program. Although there is some talk of doing away with support payments altogether. Harston said more realistic estimates suggest a lowering of the ceiling to S20.000 or even to SIO.OOO per person per crop program. The S20.000 limitation has already been endorsed by a major larm organization.' he explained, and is getting the support of many congressmen considered sympathetic to agriculture. Why? Harston said limitation concessions are being made in an effort to turn some farm critics intoallies. '' Because farm supporters represent such a small minority in Congress, they must of necessity make alliances with other non-farm minorities-groups which would support farm programs on the c o n d i t o n that payment limitations be lowered." "Some of those who advocate lowering payment ceilings believe such action will save the government a great amount of money." Harston contiued. '"But it is unlikely that this will happen " The S55.000 limitation, which has been in effect since 1971. has probably caused no measurable reduction in costs to the federal government, he contended, because it affected very few farmers. "In Texas, for example, only 2.'I5 farm operators were drawing more than $55.000 in any crop program before the limitation was imposed. A reduction of the payment limit to $20.000 will have a much greater impact on agricultural operations. Harston said "This lowering of the income support ceiling is supposed to be aimed at helping small farmers." he explained, "but this will not be the case As long as payment amounts are lied to the quantity of a product reaching the market, the income support program will be- relatively ineffective in helping Iht-tn " Because I he big operator produces more-seven percent of the nation's farmers produce half its agricultural p r o d u c I s — h e obviously receives higher support payments. Harston said A $20.000 payment limitation would probably mean some s a v i n g s in g o v e r n m e n I expenditures, but primarily because swiii- larger operators will have to drop out of income- support programs altogether Some who choose to slay in. Harston said, may recoup a portion of their lost support payments by exercising various options, including (easing some of I heir land lo others SLEUTH ON CAMERA LONDON (AP) - "Sleuth," following two weeks of rehearsals, has gone be/ore the cameras at the Pinewood Studios here. near the Capitol. Following a briefing by Farmers Union staff members, teams of rural men and women will visit members of the House and Senate on key issues affecting rural Texans. Farmers Union has called on Governor Smith and members of the legislature to bring about meaningful reform to the trailer safety law passed in the last legislature, and to do something about the recent serious outbreak of screwworm infestation. Farmers Union supports legislation to give farmers and ranchers ad valorem tax relief and has insitted that the legislature pass a corporate profits tax. Texas Farmers Union president Jay Naman, \pico, says that the Austin "Drive-In" is the beginning of a continuing program that will "recur many times in the next regular session of the legislature." Naman said, "We want to give Texas farmers and ranchers the opportunity to visit personally with members of the legislature on the issues that are of concern to them. Farm and rural people are not happy with the way they have been treated in Austin in the past, and want to assure themselves that the last election's political "housecleeaning" la translated into responsive state government." COLLEGE STATION - Hot, summer weather is on the way and mosquitoes are becoming active. This could be bad news to horse owners who have not vaccinated their animals for VEE (Venezuelan equine encephalomyelltisi, the dreaded sleeping sickness spread by mosquitoes which killed so many horses last year. "It's urgent that all horses, mules and donkeys that were not vaccinated last year be vaccinated as soon as possible," emphasizes Dr. James Armstrong, veterinarian with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. "Animals that were vaccinated during last year's massive vaccination program need not be vaccinated this year since immunity from the VEE vaccine appears to last at least two years. However, if there is any doubt about whether or not the animal was vaccinated last year, by all means vaccinate again." The Texas A&M University specialist hastens to add that there is one exception to the re-vaccination rule. "Foals that were vaccinated in 1971 when they were less that six months old should be re-vaccinated." In high risk areas such as Texas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends vaccinating pregnant mares and foals under two weeks of age during the mosquito season. Studies are presently under way to determine whether there is any danger to mares or unborn A WMkly Rtport Of Agri-Buiineu Nim armcast Compiled From Sourcei Of The Texw Department of Agriculture John C. White, Committioner Crop profDffcts uid Fair... Wheat Production Up 30 Per Cent . . . Rural Development Commission Sets Meeting... Watermelon crop ettimited at 630 Million Pound! ... 1971-72 Tex« Citrui Crop Down 8 Per Cent... Crop prospects for most of the state are now rated as fair by the Texas Crop and Livestock Reporting Service. The coastal bend areas and south Texas sections as well as a portion of the Panhandle have good prospects. Pasture condition over the state is rated at 77 per cent of normal, compared with 52 per cent last year. TEXAS WHEAT production is now estimated at 40,700,000 bushels. This is 30 per cent above the 1971 production of 31,416,000 bushels. Yield now is expected to average 22 bushels per acre, up one bushel from last year's average. Wheat harvest is now more than 25 per cent complete; in the major wheat producing area of the northern high plains, main harvest is now underway. Cotton is making good progress in most sections of the state, but heavy fleahopper and boll weevil infestation is reported from the Blacklands to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Grain sorghum is heading out as far north as the Blacklands. Early stands of soybeans are making good progress on the High Plains. A MEETING will be held June 27 in Austin 01 the newly created Rural Development Commission of Texas. A staff has been appointed and offices are located in the Texas Department of Agriculture. The commission is composed of 25 members plus about 80 "resource people" to assist in rural development. Primary thrust of the commission will be in these areas: economic development, rural natural resources, human resources, general government, transportation, health, housing and education. Roy Davis of Lubbock is commission chairman. Ray Prewitt, formerly with Texas A&M University, is director. Jim McAlister is assistant director. WATERMELON forecast for the state is now set at 630,000,000 pounds. This is 21 per cent above the 1971 crop. Harvesting will be underway soon in Central Texas and in East Texas in early July. THE 1971-72 citrus crop is estimated at 15 million boxes. This is eight per cent below the 16.3 million boxes produced during the 1970-71 season. Grapefruit production at 9.2 million boxes is nine per cent below the 10.1 million boxes of the previous season. Early and midseason oranges totaled 3.8 million boxes, five per cent below 1970-71 while Valencia oranges at two million boxes were down 9 per cent. Harvest of the 1971-72 grapefruit and Valencia orange crop in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is complete. Most growers report fruit set for the 1972-73 crop is good to excellent. THE HIGHEST cotton acreage since 1965 was planted on the High Plains in 1971. The 177,300 acres planted but not harvested represented an abandonment of slightly more than seven per cent, which is near normal but above the 4.5 per cent abandoned in 1970. Production was from 2,322,000 harvested acres for an average yield of only 264.4 pounds per acre; average per-acre production on the Plains for a 13-year period since 1958 is 453.6 pounds. KENNETH GRAY BESIOENCE PHONE 660-8001 Perry Lefors Field 665-5032 Pampa foals if vaccinated during pregnancy. Also, contrary to some earlier reports, testa In several states have shown that the vaccine does not cause brain or spinal damage in horses. ' "If you have animals that require VEE vaccination, contact an accredited veterinarian as soon as possible and have him administer the vaccine," urges Armstrong. This year there is a charge for both the vaccine and the veterinarian's services. Armstrong reminds horse owners to also vaccinate their animals against western and eastern strains of the sleeping sickness. This should be an annual vaccination. All vaccinations can be given during the veterinarian's single visit. "Texas is still under federal quarantine for VEE," adds the veterinarian. "Thus horses must have been vaccinated for VEE at least 14 days before being allowed to move across the state line. A vaccination certificate must accompany the animal." Armstrong suggests that horse owners check their animals regularly for any signs of illness that might be an indication of VEE. At the onset of the disease, the animal loses its appetite, is depressed and has a fever. If any of these signs appear, a veterinarian should be contacted at once so that an accurate diagnosis can be made. Lynn Bourland Joins Extension Service Staff COLLEGE STATION-M!s» Lynn Bourland joined the Tews Agricultural Extension Service staff June S a« a home management specialist. A native of Quail, MiM Bourland studied at Clarendon Junior College and Texas Tech University, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics education. She taught high school home economics in Clarendon for three years. As home management specialist, she will provide leadership for development, Implementation and evaluation of Extension home management programs for agent* throughout Texas. Miss Bourland was a 4-H Club and FHA member during school, and is a member of the Vocational Homemaking Teachers Association of Texas, American Home Economics Association, Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) and the Donley County TSTA. During her college career, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and honorary sorority for academic excellence, and graduated with high honors from Texas Tech. She is the daughter of Fred W. Bourland of Quail. Longest Toll Road World's longest toll superhighway is the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway. This 559-mile expressway connects New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y. ^^^^^^ M ^^— mmm ————^^^^^f^^f m ^^mtmif andle Water Water, Inc. is the voice of West Texas concerning water In its relation to the expanded economy of the region. It fi the voice of agriculture, agri-business, and industry. Water, Inc. Is the voice of the cities of West Texas. Yes, it is the voice of both the rural and the city people. It behooves all areas of West Texas to help In directing the voice of Water, Inc. in solving our water problems. Water, Inc. has developed and published information setting forth the problems and the proposed solutions to our water problems. We in our area may not agree with some of the details on the routes to be used in bringing water to West Texas, In an effort to get grass roots opinions and backing, county units of Water, Inc. have been formed over most of West Texas. CHANGING LEADERS We are now once again faced with a changing state administration, When the change comes about next January, we need to let the new administration know that we still face a water crisis. We are going to have a new Governor. We are going to have a new Lieutenant Governor and a new Speaker of the House. It will be up to us to make our needs known to these men. We must also have some workable solutions to offer. Some people working with the effort to import water have already become discouraged and are ready to "throw in the towel". We must constantly remind ourselves that the California water authorities told ui that getting the needed water would take a long time. In October of 1171, when the Governor of California pushed the button to start the pumps that were designed to push the California Aqueduct water over the Tehachapi Mountains into Los Angeles, forty-seven years had gone by since the program was started. For the faint-hearted, let me once again state the following facts: There are 3,300,000 trusting people in the Water, Inc. region. Of this number 1,100,000 are working men and women. Included in this number are 150,000 factory workers. Our 1,100,000 working men and women have an effective buying income of 17,175,837,000. This working group produces $5,021,399,000 irt retail sales. Manufacturing creates an additional $1,500,000. Farm income in the region is $1,295,645,000. The only way we are going to be able to protect our investment is to find and secure an outside source of water. CLEAN ENVIRONMENT WILL COST Recently the Houston Chronicle reprinted a special story written by Robert Gunness for the Los Angeles Times. We are carrying several segments of the story in our column today: "In recent years, America has endorsed a series of ambitious national goals designed to eradicate a host of ancient problems—ranging from overcoming poverty and discrimination to cleaning up its environment. ••There la not going to be much headway made in tackling society's ills unleM Americans begin by recognizing certain fundamental realities. "Whether Americans like it or not, basic solutions to social problems are going to come mainly through the political and governmental process* imperfect and unresponsive though it is in many respects. Only the government has the necessary resources and the authority to direct matters in ways which can bring about massive and lasting changes." NOT FARMER'S BAG COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Dr. Frank L. Bentz, a farm economist, says the nation's farmers should not be blamed for the high cost of food. "The bag boy at the checkout counter has more to do with rising food prices than the farmer," said Dr. Bentz, vice president for agricultural affairs at the University of Maryland. "While at-the-farm prices were edging up 6 per cent, labor costs for those working to create a finished product, get it to the store and put it in your grocery bag went up an average of 53 per cent over 1959 levels.'' HIGHWAY DEATHS UP IN SOUTH AFRICA PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The Department of Statistics reported that 8,392 people were killed in 218.925 highway accidents last year compared with 7,948 fatalities in 205,267 accidents the year before. 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