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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 306 TRIBUNE July 50 cents Change of plans North jDOstpones s South Korea AP today postponed the state funeral of Kim Sung by two and South Korean secu rity officials met in emergency session to assess surprise North Korea said the originally scheduled for would be held Tuesday instead due to an enormous crush of mourners wanting to pay respects to who died July 8 at age In Communist countries like the hardline changes in the political hierarchy often signaled by arrange ments for ceremonial eventssuch as No immediate sign surfaced that problems had arisen with the of power to Kims 52 yearold son and handpicked Kim Jong but the situation was being closely said officials in the speaking on conditionof They suggested that the delay might be aimed at building sup r i T port for the younger Kim before a final farewell to his or per haps meant to fuel unrest in the where Kims death set off growing ideological A dispatch by the Norths offi cial Korean Central News Agency said the move reflected the ardent feelings and demand of the people to pay Kirns body has been lying in state at the presidential palace for North Koreans by the thou have been streaming past his flowerbedecked The number of mourners is ever the A large rally would be held the day after the funeral it Even if state had held as scheduled it have come days after Kims Since Korean tradi tion calls for burial within three to five the further delay was considered highly Kim Jong II has apparently taken although no announcement has been made L In the how the Seoul gov ernment should respond to Kims death has been the subject of increasingly bitter interviewed on semiofficial MBC said government officials believed the North might be seeking to exploit the unrest by dragging out the Couple of kids A r n Sarah gets a friendly nibble from af4 pulled in the wagon by Monica Sarah s parents are weekold pet at the Miami County 4H Fair Dan and Kelly Fair events end today She and who won first place in the pet were Tribune photo by Ann Hubbard Suburban Local farmers working hard to keep soil ByJEFFPARROTT i Tribune writer The Associated Press loss of soil to erosion and of wetlands to farming has slowed considerably in the last the Agriculture Department recently But the newest of nonfederal lands also shows sub urban sprawl develop ment claiming some of the Rations best depart ment officials The National Resources Inven tory examined changes in land use and conditions in the since Were seeing the results of strong conservatiort efforts by the nations farmers and ranchers over the last 10 said Paul W chief of the Soil Con servation which collected data oh the by air and by Erosion rates on cropland appear to be down for three major voluntary land stew ardship by federal programs soil con and cropland converted to other he farmers have made a successful effort to conserve according to Don art engineering technician the Soil and Water Conserva tion Districts Howard branch office farmers have switched from older till methods to a process which leaves the surface of the soil eroding best farmland Oee Hoosier farmeis led Midwestern in the number converted from till to no till Cree Theyre doing it with a heightened envi ronmental awareness and a need to conserve shrinking farm he Erosion claimed billion tons of soil in down from bil lion tons in the study Half of that was attrib uted to improved conservation on farmed and the other hailf attributed to taking land out of the agency estimat I The recent influx of development along and residential subdivision construc tion from Green town to Russiav ille eaten up area Cree said Locally urban expansion has affected large farm Youre losing crops every time you put in a netv subdivision As people continue to move away from central Kokomo to the eastand available farmland will continue to he On what used to be ty youre Cree Youre see lot of and I think youll continue Cree said he doesnt see an emergency situation for Howard County Marion and Hamilton lost much more and The amount of cropland also declined by 39 million Or 9 was set aside under the Conservation Reserve Pro which pays farmers and ranchers to convert highly erodi ble land to landsaving uses for 10 The first contracts under the program expire next mean ing some of the 32 million acres may be farmed The admin istration may try to extend the first contracts temporarily until a longerterm solution is Wetland loss from agriculture was to acres a year dur ing 1982 to the report Data from the Fish and Wildlife Service showed annual losses of acres from 1974 and of nearly acres from 1954 to The Department said the drop was still The study found 334 million acres of prime down 6 million from with 4 million of those acres lost to In development grabbed 14 million of the nations nearly billion Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Richard Rominger called the loss of prime despite earlier studies by the department finding no threat to agriculture from It means were taking that best land out of production and asking farmers to the same on land that going to require more inputs of pesticides and water in order to be able to produce the same said who was a board member of the American Farm land a group that fights encrqachrnent ore farm land by The report noted a loss of 10 million acres of rangeland because of conversion to devel other rural uses or feder al Federal land increased by million acres to become 22 percent of the land This is no pleasure cruise Ga Dave Perry a law enforcement officer with the Georgia Department of Nat ural talks yvith Waver and Charlie as they head down their flooded street in Newtqn on Friday Water from the flooding Flint River was up to the eaves of Palmers despite a 2 foot drop in the water AP photo Inside todays Tribune Whats the update on the for mer Kokomo teacher and legis lator charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor State President Thomas Ehrlich says goodbye to Indiana Page Nation Trauma continues for Califor nia earthquake Page World As many as children roam the countryside in Rwan Page Also inside s Classified Dear News of record
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