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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                I. Imports Revive Quota Debate The Cedar By Don Kendall WASHINGTON (Al1) _ A government estimate that beef will increase 15 percent Iliis year could revive a 11 ulil cunlriivcrsy over tiuotas if S. cattle 'produc- tion shapes up by sum- mer as some economists ex-' pect. Agriculture Secretary Karl L. estimated last week thai 1074 imports n[ quota- type meat mostly beef will total I 575 billion pounds. Last year a bom 1.4 Inllmii pounds were inipiirled. Although the quota mecha- nism still exists under a lilli-1 law, no lids have been in ef- fect since 1'residenl Nixon suspended them 18 months ago. The open door approach carries over into 1974. I'rlces Dropped Cattle market prices have dropped by about one-third from record levels last An- cost, and producers have been reluctant to boost the output of ted beef because of high feed and other overhead ex- penses. The agriculture department, although the crys- tal balls are cloudier than usual Ibis winter, predicts that by next spring market- ings of fed cattle for slaughter will, rise substantially and help push down prices paid to producers. Quota-type meats collec- tively represent about seven percent of IJ. S. beef prodnc- lion which, because of many c o m p 1 e x factors, dropped about six percent last year. Sales Could Be Up John Uirscn, a livestock specialist in the USDA's Kco- nomic Research Service, says if cattle fcedlot placements rise as expected this winter, .sales on slaughter market could go np during the April- .liine quarter by eight In 111 percent from a year earlier and four to six percent above this winter. Administration Impounds of Ag Funds By Bernard Brenner WASHINGTON (DPI) Nearly billion appropri- ated hy congress in recent years for farm, rural and for- estry programs is lying un- spent in government accounts as a result of impoundment actions by White House bud- get officials, a congressional report indicates. The impoundment review, assembled by the agriculture department in response to a congressional query, was pub- lished by the senate agricul- ture committee's rural devel- opment subcommittee as part of a review of activity in dev- elopment programs. Congressional and adminis- tration experts queried about the figures pointed out that not all of the billion NINETEEN SEVENTY FOUR The year just past was such a year We have not seen before. Some great and meaningful events Took place we hoped for more. Relations with some long-time foes Improved beyond belief. Our hopes for Peace grew brighter; sighed with great relief. Then something happened many things, That no one could explain. Our hopes were dashed, our image dimmed; The cause we sought in vain. We have shortages and surplus; It cannot he denied. Too much and much too little, Existing side by side! Can we learn to be more Spartan in the things we want to buy Until times again are normal? Many folks arc game to try- I do not wish for us a year Of gaiety and fun; But rather strength and courage For the New Year just begun. -G.A.C. total represents an actual cut- back In government activity. The total includes more than million appropriated for a rural electric loan pro- gram which is still being car- ried on, but is using govern- ment-insured private funds rather than the treasury dol- lars loaned in the past. In addition, the total in- cludes sizable carryovers from past years in a fund for building forest roads and trails which had mounted far beyond the average spending levels of recent years. Count- Ing carryover funds, the Forest Service had nearly million theoretically available for road and trail construction in the current 1973-74 fiscal year. Budget officials have In- structed the service to hold actual spending U mllliea ctmpara) with nearly rnUlUn in (fee 1172-71 year, thus leaving marly mil- In tSe Impaucdment cal- amn. The list of frozen funds also Includes a number of items which have stirred sharp con- troversy In recent weeks. Congress allocated mil- lion in new and carryover funds combined for rural water and sewer grants, but White House budget officials first indicated they would freeze all of the money and later partly relented with a decision to release million of the fund. The congressional rural caucus, a rural-oriented group of 22 house Democrats, has decided it will not be satisfied with the million compro- mise. A caucus spokesman said last week the group is ac- tively exploring plans to force the release of the remaining million. Still Plans Expansion DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) Iowa Beef Processors, Inc., says it plans to start work on a special fabrication unit at its plant in Dakota City de- spite a walkout which has shut down the plant since last July 15. The plans were outlined in a letter from Arden C. Walker, IBP industrial relations vice- president, to Lewie G. Ander- son, Local 222, Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America business agent. Union Position Walker set no date for re- suming operations and said IBP wants to know the union's position nn employes return- ing to work before it does so. Once operations resume in the special fabrication divi- sion, other divisions will bo reopened at "later appropri- ate dales lillu said. The letter, dated Dec. 2K, which appi ntil in in liccf Prodssms iduihst mcnt in Tlmrsd s Journal, said it was a re- sponse to a demand last Sept. 20 by the National Livestock Feeders Assn. for reopening the plant. Wage Issue The walkout started in sup- port of union contract de- mands. The union asked an hour for floor workers in processing and killing instead the present basic an hour rate. IBP last Sept. 11 made an offer calling for a three-year contract with pay increases of 311 cents an hour in Hie first year and 21) cents an hour in each of the next two years. SafSy Joins lewa Cattlemen's Staff AMES Jack Safly, 30, a native of rural Ames, was recently hired as a field rep- resentative for the iowa Catt- lemen's Association. Safly comes to the associa- tion with a background in ag- riculture having been born and raised on a farm six miles west of Ames. He has been closely associated with the cattle industry working with his father, who has an Angus cow-calf herd. At present Safly lives on an acreage southwest of Ames with his wife Julie, and two young sons, Malhew and Mark. "If these quarterly es- timates are correct, then 1974 total beef production would exceed 1973 about 6 to 7 per- Larson said at a recent outlook conference. "However, that would only about match 1972 output and be around four percent above While the quota law pre- scribes a formula for setting up import allocations based on U. S. beef output, it has been sidelined in recent years prior to the suspension by Nixon in June 1972 in favor of "voluntary restraint" agreements negotiated with supplying countries. T h o s e agreements were aimed at informally increas- ing the yearly import alloca- tions without imposing strict quotas. The law, however, sets a specific method for ini- tiating quotas whenever need- ed. Under the formula for 1974, if the import door was closed to allow only light quota su- pervision, the basic allocation permitted to enter the United Stales would lie less than 1.03 billion pounds. But the law permits imports to exceed that base quota hy 10 percent, meaning that if the formula were in operation for 1974 no more than 1.13 billion pounds could enter. Thus, the decision by the Nixon administration In sus- pend quola anolher year means lhal about 445 million pounds of additional meat can enter the country. If a beef glul materializes next summer and fall, causing cattle prices to plummet, some of the loudesl cries ex- pected to be heard on Capitol Hill will be those of producers seeking the restoralion of lighl quota supervision. Steps Outlined To Legalize Old Gas Pump Sales DBS MOINES (UPI) Iowa Agriculture Secretary Robert Lounsberry Friday outlined temporary emergency steps so retail gasoline dealers can legalize gas sales from pumps not equipped to register sales of more than 50 cents a gal- lon. Lounsberry, whose depart- menl inspecls and licenses more than fuel dis- pensers annually, said Ihc newer gasoline pumps can record sales up to 99.9 cents a gallon, while older pumps usually cannot register gas sales of more than 49.9 cents a gallon. Lounsberry said until old gas meters can be updated, the following procedures will be recommended: Pricing gasoline in whole cents a gallon; setting the unil price at one-half Ihe actual selling price; affixing lablels lo Ihe face of Ihe pump using figures lhat are of similar size; or registering only one- half the actual total price with a proper sign displaying the fact that the price is only one- half the tolal. Is Caiette: Mon., Jan. 7, 1974 State Spring Market Hog Show Has Exhibit Event Canada Lifts Import Tax On Cattle OTTAWA Can- adian government will lift the surtax on imports of dressed beef and live cattle by Feb. Finance Minister John Turner announced Fri- day. The surtax, three cents a pound on live cattle and six cents a pound on beef, was imposed Nov. 3. At that time the government said unusual- ly heavy imports of cattle and beef from the United States were threatening the stability of the Canadian market. The flood of imports was caused hy the lifting of Pres- ident Nixon's price controls in September, prompting U. S. producers to release beef and cattle they had been holding off the market. Turner promised to keep the surtax under constant review and on Nov. 30 announced the government's intention to maintain it. All FANCY JjBrach'i Choc. CoveroU PEANUTS.........694 Ib. I I Jonathan Apploj bu. S.99 iptrlolnlrn fnniy-llio linuh I tXTRA FANCY DELICIOUS DAPPLES bu. 6.9 I Rod or Whllo No, 1 S POTATOES. .lOOlbi. 6.50 Wo promise you Id" swnolcsl Jj ornntins you nlo or your I money Itoclt. f IMANOtl or HID WAP........ JlOlb. 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All 4-11 and Future Farmers of America (F.F.A.) youth or- ganizations are invited to c o in p e I o Including urban oriented and girls' 4-H clubs. Show officials feel that it Is of real value to encourage a broad .spectrum of people with a focal point on the pork in- dustry. The real value of the contest lies In what each contestant learns, not only from his own research, hut also what he learns from other contestants, George Hall, show manager, said this week. Each club must select a committee to research in de- tail some aspect of the pnrk industry pertaining to produc- tion, processing, consumer re- lations, pork cookery, or the value of pork in the human diet. The committee is free In use any audio-visual aids within reason in presenting its story to the public. The exhibit will be judged 40 percent on the basis of how well the people manning the exhibit present themselves and how well they know the information they are presenting. Each organization compet- ing must reserve a 10 by 10 toot exhibit area at the show by Feb. 1 by mailing a letter to George Hall at Wilson Co., Inc., Cedar Rapids. The letter should state who the group will be representing and what the topic will be. The exhibits must be in place in the 10 by 10 foot area reserved for each group at Hawkeye Downs by 10 a.m., Saturday. Feb. 23. They must be manned until 3 p.m. Satur- day by neat appearing indi- viduals who are knowledgea- ble about the information they will be presenting. The winners of the contest will be named after the selec- tion of the grand champion in- dividual on Saturday after- noon. For more information, contact George E. Hall, man- ager, box 488, Wilson and Co., Inc., Cedar Uapids, Iowa, 52406. Northeast Iowa Area 4-H Winners Selected DECORAII Thirty North- east Iowa extension area 4-11 members have been selected for state award consideration. Gary Kregcl of Guttenberg. Clayton county, and Debbie Moore of Cresco, Howard county, have been selected for the Camp Miniwanca leader- ship award trip. Other nominations included: Allamakee county, Mar- garet Brainard, Teresa Mc- Graw, and Dennis Lyons, all of Waukon. Clayton county, Krcgc'l; Bruce Kramer, Strawberry Point; Ruth Ruff, Farmers- burg; Donna Ehrhardt and Jerry Brink, both of Elkader. Delaware county, Ruth Kilt- leson, Earlville; Mary Brog- hammer and Art Pins, both of Manchester; and Norman Voelkcr, Ryan. Fayette county, Ardith Leh- mann, Elgin. Wlnneshlek county, Dean Thorsun, David Broghamer, and Robin Steffens, all of De- corah; Gayle Hager, Castalia; and Linda Rausch, Ft. Atkin- son. Benton Pork Dinner KEYSTONE Emmett But- ler of Newton, a public rela- tions speciali'sl, will speak at Ihc annual Benlon county swine producers banquet at Turner hall in Keystone Satur- day, Jan. 19. Dinner will be served at p.m. The ten week classes begin January or 17, unless otherwise noted. 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