I" Farm Roundup Reports 1 U.S. Competes With China For Hong Kong Trade jj WASHINGTON '(AP) -- The ';] United States has a brisk farm j tradej con test .going-; on with the 3 Peoples Republic of China for S a lucrative market in nearby ; Hong Kong, .the British colony.. .; China is still way ahead, ac- J cording to an Agriculture D'e- Â· partment-' analyst, but 'U.S. i! farm products: are gaining fail vor among Hong Kong impor- Â«! ters. Last year China sold -3 about $484 million, worth of farm products to its neighbor, while U.S. agricultural sales to taled about $200 million. But the U.S. share has more * than doubled in a year ant 1 may continue climbing, says .1 John B. Parker, USDA spe ' cialist in Asian trade.-Parker!s A analysis is in a current issue o! Foreign Agricultural Trade o a . the United States, published bj 3 the department's Economic Re 3] search Service. Â·5 China has a big advantagi Jj .Â· because of geography and cai ^ send farm products to Honi Kong vhile on trucks and' rail carSiEcohomlc Research Service U!S. shipments mus-l says in a current report on fats ravel by ocean Vessels.- Â· "The nearby 'rural '.areas, of China produce the 'traditional products which characterize the average- d i e t - i n . H o n g .Hong," Parker Â· said. "In addition to rice, r they provide pigs,' chicken, ducks, geese, oilseeds', and a wide variety of vegetables for rlong Kong's market centers." 'Popular U.S. farm shipments to Hong Kong include cotton, rice, -.wheat,,, fresh , vegetables, poultry feed,' milk .and cigarettes. The latter- account for about 10 per cent of all- U.S. cigarette exports. . . OLEO USE GROWING A study by the Agriculture Department . shows consumer use of margarine^-that other: spread, iscontinuing 'to grow and that butter is still playing second "fiddle. "Margarine is the .major table spread consumed in 1 the United States and its use is still expanding," the department's and oils. "Technological break- DENNIS THE MENACE By Ketcham troughs h'ave improved, its quality. This', coupled with prices lower than butter, primarily explains its expanding use." Margarine is made from vegetable fats, while butter is derived from milkfat. . . Â· : "Traditionally, butter was the preferred table spread used in this country, its roots deeply embedded in our Europeai heritage .of .highly develope livestock and dairy, econo mies," the report said. "Even today, many Americans iiisis upon using nothing but buttei on their dinner tables." Margarine, the researcher rioted,, was first .developed ii France, in the -'19111 .'century ii response to "a price offered b Napolean who sought a subst tute food fat for his armies an for the French people. In - the early 1930s, U.S. pe capita butter consumption wa about 18 pounds a year whil margarine was only 2. Las year, the report said, marga rine consumption was 11. pounds per capita while butte was 4.8 pounds. SOVIET MILK OUTPUT Milk production in the Sovie Union, the world's largest pro duccr, jumped 5 per cent la: year while U.S. output droppe about the same share, accorc ing to an Agriculture Depat ment report today. Sovie milk output rose 1 192.2 billion pounds in 197 compared with 183.5 billion 1972, the -Foreign Agricultur Servide said. Meanwhile, U. production declined "to 115.6 b lion pounds from nearly 120 b lion in 1972. But U.S: output was still se orid largest 'among 36 maj dairy countries surveyed. France was third last ye with nearly 65.2 billion pound up from 63.6 billion. .West many was fourth with .46.9 b lion compared with less th 47.4 billion in 1972 Park Service Offers Advice For Reservations WASHINGTON (AP) -- The atipnal Park Service says the ii*'.. system' f o r ' reserving mpsites in 21 national parks swamped with telephone alls'it cannot yet handle. Park Service-Director Ronald alker said Tuesday that Park eservation System Inc. has ad .trouble hiring personne nd obtaining facilities . t o andle as many as 10,000 calls day. . Walker voiced these point or vacationers planning t lake reservations: --Write at least 10 days' be ore departure, "if possible, t "'ark Reservation System Inc '.0. Box 1976, Cedar Rapids owa 52406. Do not write to th National Park Service. , --Reservations-may be mad by telephone' only if you ca harge the - fees on Bank ;mericard or Master Charg redit cards. Callers who do no ave one.of those cards canno make telephone reservations. --Telephone reservations ca made'by calling the toll-fre lumber 800-553-8425 or the tol harge number 819-303-022 Wallers are urged to keep thei alls short and to specify th ark selected,: the dates of the! ,'fslt, the number in their party he type of camping equipmen and whether they are bringin pets. --Include this same specifi ntormation in mail app! cations. --Also include in mail appl cations the $2 reservation fe plus the rental for the cam site. To calculate the amou you should send, find out tl nightly rental fee at the pa and multiply it by the numb of- nrghts you will stay, th add $2 for making the enti reservation. --Telephone callers who not have' BankAmericard Master Charge credit cards w be mailed information and reservation.application form Northweit Arhanws TIMES, Friday, July 5, 1974 FAYETTEVILLI, ARKANIAS 11 No Head In The Sand While others seem to lose their heads In hot weather, this ostrich appears to have grown an extra one during a recent hot spell. It's one way (o heat the heat, as llicse two ostriches from Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat in West Mil- ford, N. J. show photo) (AP Wire- be submitted by return mail ith payment of all fees. --Contrary to the original plan announced last month, offices at the national parks themselves are not yet able to accept reservations for other parks. --Vacationers leaving within the next 10 days who cannot make telephone reservations should be able to get campsites anyway, when' they arrive at the parks, on first-come, first- served basis, Walker said. Thunderstorms,High Temperatures Continue Today By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms that poured rain on many Fourth of July parades continued today in sections of the Northeast where an early summer heat.wave drove temperatures into tiie 90s over the ! holiday. Storms of . diminishing intensity, meanwhile central over the Rockies and New Eng- land, and from the Ohio Valley into the lower Mississippi Valley. Skies were clear from the Southwest through the central Plains and Rockies to the Great Lakes. Elsewhere partly cloudy to cloudy skies prevailed. Cool to moderate temperatures prevailed through most of the upper Great Lakes, middle Mississippi Valley and central Plains, but hot weather persisted in the Southwest. Conditions remained warm and humid over most Gulf States as well as the Eastern Seaboard. Temperatures before dawn ranged from 48 at Sawyer Air Force Base near Markuette, Mich., to 99 at Needles, Calif. 6EER* Great Avocado Rip Off Hurts California Fruit Growers ILLARD' Â· NORTHWEST Â· BS21-71T1 Â· ' " , . . ' Â· , . ' Â· " ' f" f f - FALLBROOk, Calif. "(AP) A standup comic could probably get 30 minutes and M laughs with tales of "The Ava. cado Hustlers," but it's no joke to growers of the fruit in Southern California. Midway through this season's harvest, thieves have stolen almost $1 million worth of the state's $28-million crop. Most of the avocados are grown in .the Fallbrook area, in San Diego County, and nestled among leathery leaves in 'often-unfenced, rural orchards, the . green fruit are tempting targets. Many of the stolen' avocados apparently are sold at cut-rate prices to independent fooc stores and roadside, stands.' Growers generally get . 45 cents a pound for the fruit. . "The losses are in the mil lions ' o f ' pounds, not' counting the penny-ante stuff such as'51 or 100 pounds, which are com mon losses," says G.J. Clasen president of the Avocado Grow ers Bargaining Council. "A.-grower lost 1,600 pounds once,''and I'm not even consid ering thefts like that. Whol' groves of 10 or 15 acres havi been stripped completely." A few ranchers and grove managers are carrying shol guns and have new watchdogs Burglar alarm systems hav been installed. Signs svarn "Avocado rustlers will be pros ceuted." But none of the measures -- lus a state law making theft of ioi'e 'than $50 worth of' avo- ados grand larceny and a [rowers' reward of $250 for in- ormation leading to conviction f fruit filchers --has deterred he thieves. Sheriff's officers arc trying to patrol the whole area, at least tccasionally. But says Deputy Sheriff Jery McGutiri: "It's hard to see anyone in a grove, especially a mature -grove. 'He can drive a ruck in and elude you 1CO feet away." He couldn't recall, an arrest. . ,- . Â· Â· It is also difficult'"'to ..prosecute. In the -last "year there have been no successful 'prose-' -utions of avocado thieves. '-.-.'":Â· "We've had no ..Cooperation 'rom the sheriff's-department,' mainly because it's so difficult and the way the laws are writ:en it's impossible to get a conviction," said Clasen. 'Once the ' fruit is off ' the trees, even if it's still, 'n the grove and in boxes, you can't prove it came off those trees." Lee Taylor, a San Diego County supervisor, thinks lie has the answer with an idea borrowed from .neighboring Imperial County where a person needs a bill of sale if found with so much hay. 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