Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 28, 1974, Page 10

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette January 28, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IO He Cedar Rapids Gazette: M#n._JaB._ 28, 1S74 r.M ti (PJI ‘Mf* T t1 I1- / JC*' -f Food Cost Campaigns Differ By Brian B. Kin# WASHINGTON (AP)-Two theoretically grass-roots "campaigns” were organized last summer to "get out the real story" after retail food prices in the United States began rising at a record-breaking rate. With food prices again about to move higher, one is closing its shop after what it considers an effective effort and the other, also a media-oriented product of an established Washington staff, is just beginning to raise its profile. Nader Group One staff, the product of a Ralph Nader-originated group, directed a blitzkrieg of words against agribusiness corporations, as "the first step in dealing with monopoly power in the food business." Its four-month campaign essentially ended in November. The parent group is about to close its doors, its foundation funding ending and its tax-exempt status on shaky ground. The other staff, representing farm organizations and agribusiness concerns, is just beginning to move out front, having selected a name after five organizing months That movement, initially suggested by a freshman Democratic representative from Missouri, is devoted to "closing the communication gap between farmer and consumer," with consumers perceived as urban housewives who blame farmers for prices and shortages. Grass Roots Both campaigns were designed to take an issue to the grass-roots level, to provence feedback in the mail of elected federal officials and appointed agency heads. The first group, called the Food Action Campaign (FAC), was the creature of t h e Agribusiness Accountability Project (AAP), a "public-interest group concerned w ith the impact of cor porate power and the failure to public policy in rural America ." The AAP, sponsored by the Project ob Corporate Rex pen siblllty and the Center for Community Change (CCC), worked out of the loft of a converted warehouse in Wash i n g t o n ’ s Georgetown waterfront, with CCC offices below them. I^ist year, its budget was in the neighborhood of $150,000 from grants by the Field Foundation, which has funded AAP from its start more than three years ago. Populist Tie AAP secured a separate grant of $50,000 from the Stern Foundation for the FAC. The sponsoring CCC and former Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris’ New Populist Action also were listed as organizers of the campaign, but. after a short period of "getting them in line," the AAP controlled the base camp and forward advances Its campaign began with a news conference last Aug 6. when food prices were at their peak It formally ended the second week of December, with three days of hearings before the Senate Select Committee on Small Business Food prices were ending a small three-month decline and starting up again for perhaps four months. The AAP staff of eight to 12 yuung persons, mostly women, in effect constituted the staff of the FAC. with Jim Hightower serving as director of both The other campaign — Lounsberry Says Court Move Aids Cattlemen DES MOINES (UPI)-Iowa Agriculture Secretary Robert Lounsberry said this week the U. S appeals court decision overturning the ban on the growth hormone DES will be a "shot in the arm” to cattlemen. Lounsberry said the legal use of DES, which speeds up growth in cattle, will help both producers and consumers because it would take less time to fatten livestock for market. He said use of DES also could help stabilize the price for live cattle Shot in Arm "This action by the court of appeals could be a real shot in the arm for cattlemen and livestock producers." Lounsberry said "The use of DES will lower fet'd prices and promote faster growth, and in these days the livestock producer needs all the help he can get.” The court of appeals in Washington ruled Thursday that the Food and Drug Ad ministration ban on DES, which took effect Jan. I, was illegal. The FDX said it banned use of the hormone because it produced cancer in some laboratory animals. However, the court accused the EDA of using "scare tactics" in removing the drug from the market without a hearing, and ordered that a hearing be held on the effects of the hormone. Lounsberry said he was pleased that another hearing will be held Magdanz Views The executive vice-president of the National Livestock Feeders Assn said the ruling of the U. S court of appeals on diethylstiibestrol (DES) is a most significant decision for the beef producing industry The action to ban the use of DES was not only entirely un warranted, but came at a most critical time for the na lion’s cattle feeders," Don F. Magdanz said. I ExPert 3-DAY Service on Watch and X Jewelry jh Repair Spec .OI ii no m Diamond Remounting ana Diamond Appraisals .I lulling •/eire/erx 312 THIRD AVENUE SE "The action was taken because more sensitive assay methods identified something in a few livers of cattle scientists thought might be residue of DES, but were never sure what the minute substance was." Magdanz said No Evidence He said there has never been one shred of evidence that a residue of DES in cattle livers was ever harmful in any way to consumers of those livers Magdanz said that in all the time that testers have been checking for DFS residues, none has been found in the meat tissue of beef Thus, he said, "There has never been any danger to humans at all." "We’re hoping the additive can fie available for regular use rather quickly,’’ Magdanz said "It would mean lower feed costs of gain for cattle feeders by some IO percent, and would mean beef can be placed on consumers tallies for less than otherwise would be the case,” he said Americans ti Kitty eat 115 8 pounds of beef a year In 1050 they were eating only Hi 4 pounds of beef, per individual, each vear which is becoming visible this month with a new television "commercial’’ on farm life. on the air in some regions already — began June IS. A "farm summit" called by Rep Jerry Litton (D Mo ). then one of the most successful (’harolais cattle breeders in the nation, was its genesis Litton Group On July 3. Litton announced a 75-member ad hoc committee of "leaders of American agriculture" to develop the plan for getting farmers’ stories across to consumers He also named a 23-member, all-male steering committee. More than 4$ congressmen, including key committee chairmen, backed the campaign, and about 2M farm management groups were involved in some of the early meetings. The ad hoc committee met here Sept. 17 for a six-hour “day of decision." At a press luncheon a few days before, Litten said their financial goal was a budget in the first year of at least $1 million, more in the second year The $1 million was to he raised on the "day of decision.” Agribusiness Support Other organizers said about 25 percent of the money was expected to come from agribusiness organizations, with farm organizations and individuals coming up with the other $750,000. Meanwhile over the sum-m e r . two quasi-lobbyist groups, aimed as much at urban shoppers as legislators, merged, their directors grad Bally became more and more visible in the core of what the XXI’ staff called "l.itton's group." Those groups were the three-year-old National Agricultural Institute (NAI) and the National Agricultural Communications Board, a six-mon th-old organize t ion formed to "speak to the consumer with one agricultural voice." The N ACB was spawned bv Sen. Carl T Curtis (R-Neb.) and Rep George ll Mahon (D-Texas), powerful house appropriations committee chairman Decision Day W hen the "day of decision" ended, the group—still nameless, to avoid intramural fights among participants — had collected pledges of $151,575 on a "dues" arrangement sealed to earnings vvith hefty five-figure amounts from a f(«w agribusiness, firms and large producer groups The postmerger NAI collected the pledges Two more committees were formed to select a name and to plot a strategy The program committer mrt a month later, and five weeks after that the ether panel chose a name: Agricultural Council of America. The merged YAI-N.ACB "disap prated" and the new ACA set up operations behind the old NAI office door, with the old three person staff carried over. By mid-January, the ACA had collected $25(1,(HUI in cash aud $100,(HH) iii unpaid pledges — about 55 percent of it from farmers' groups and farmers and the rest from businesses "dependent on farmers’’—according to executive director Alan Paul The staff has doubled to six and it is looking for a seventh person and an advertising agency Naive Paul contends that it would be a "little naive to say we could do the job with just seven people or with the money that we have." Naive or not, the AAP — with a staff the same size of "seasoned amateurs" and a $150,(KHI annual budget — conducted the Food Action Campaign. AAP helped produce two books, including 21 major research papers, testimony for 13 congressional hearings and 12 magazine articles It generated dozens of newspaper articles on its work, helped investigative reporters on more than 20 projects and was involved with five television documentaries. The Food Action Campaign. on the other side of town, was a highly active operation The AAP opened with a news conference and then devised a series of "press events" around the release of "white papers," appearances of candidates and Secretary of Agriculture Blitz and workshops More than 25 influential general magazines, trade journals and newsletters wrote about them. Television Staff members or front speakers appeared on the two major television-network morning interview shows. By the time the blitz was over, the FAC advocates had taken their cause to 38 cities and towns in 25 states, attended IS conventions, held news conferences in six major cities, made eight speeches to workshops, given separate interviews to 1H major newspapers. been on 38 television programs and been questioned on 26 radio shows. Their campaign has garnered some grass roots response that the ACA has yet to show, except in its solicited donations. A petition against food-industry monopolies that FAC presented to the FTC was passed around at its crosscountry appearances and later Iwgan showing up in small newspapers and newsletters as a coupon to be clipped out and sent here. The coupons have come in by the hundreds, with names and addresses below the statement "I am fed up with the monopoly power that allows fowl corporations to overcharge consumers, squeeze family farmers out of business and reap excess profits." RENT A NEW PIANO! MO00 Per Month Only No Cartage Or Drayage Ail Rent W.ll Apply lf You Dectoe lo Buy! TIC Kl TS available at Hillbrunner Music C o. for all concerts at Mane her Auditorium, I niversity ut Iowa. HILT ll It I VMV ll’* IIH SECOND ST HEET SE 6th ANNUAL RUS 6th ANNUAL January White Sale! Now! Tom save 10% on Rusco quality steel solf-storing combination windows...and, added to your fuel savings off 35% — a real buy! Your aluminum windows stick, look? Hard to operate? 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Gearhart Krug, tupped the 50-bushel-por-acre mark iii the Linn County Better ( nips (Tub soybean yield contest for last year Krug’s 53 41 -bushel yield tupped the second place entry of Robert Rohlena of Cedar Rapids by nearly five bushels t>or acre. Rohlena produced a 49.9-bushel yield The corn contest, meanwhile. was won by Lumir Bostal of Marion with a 143 5-bushel-per-acre yield. He was followed by another Marion farmer. Jack Scott. with a 138 51-bushel y ield for second place. The first and second place winners will In* honored at the Kith annual awards banquet FVI) ll at the Sirloin N Brew. 44(17 First Ave SFL Cedar Rapids The social hour starts at H p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p in Reservations can be made by contacting Kenneth Millsap. secretary-treasurer. Post Office Box 9. Cedar Rapids, or by telephoning 362-7066. During the evening, two men will be elected to three-year terms on the board to succeed Bill Boland of F airfax and Milo Wolrab of ME Vernon Other corn contestants with high yields include:    Ray Keiper. Palo, 131 88 bushels; I run Scott. Marion. 131.16 bushels; J Donald EeF’ebure. Fairfax, 123.31 bushels; Gear-hardi Krug, Atkins. 121 22 bushels; Paul Taylor. Springville, 119.21 bushels; Leonard Broulik, Mi Vernon, 117.24 bushels; Vernon Rammels-berg. Palo, 115.83 bushels; Roger Krug. Fairfax. 112 H bushels. Robert Rohlena. Cedar Rapids. 112 <15 bushels, and Max Rogers. Fairfax. 11(1 HH bushels Other contestants in the soybean competition who had high yields include Leonard Broulik. Nit Vernon, 48 9H bushels; Eumir Bostal. Marion. 47 97 bushels; Milo Wolrab, Mi Vernon. 47 11 bushels. Vernon Kummels-berg. Palo. 4H (12 bushels; Ray Keiper, Palo, 45 HI bushels, and Richard Olson, Fairfax, 43 H bushels Welsh Sets Corn Record In Allamakee WAUKON' — Bernard Welsh of rural Waukon sci a new record corn yield of 177 78 bushels per acre iii the Allamakee county master corn grower's contest last year, officials announced this week The 1971 county winner. James Prestemon of Waukon, placed second with a 1H4 42 bushel yield Welsh attained his recordbreaking yield on contoured land, while Prestemon’s y ield was attained on bottom land. Others with yields of over lHti bushels per acre included: Clarence Huffman Waukon, 1H2 H7 bushels; Lyle, and Westby , Waukon. IHI 18 bushels and Arlyn FVssum.Waterville, IHI bushels Schaben Blasts Butz Handling Of Fertilizer DUNLAP (UPI) - Sen James Schaben (D-Dunlap), this week criticized Agriculture Secretary Karl Butz for his handling of the fertilizer situation, saying Butz is insensitive to the problems of Iowa farmers.” Schaben, a Democratic candidate for governor, told a fund raiser here that he sent a telegram to But/ last year requesting that he consider a fertilizer allocation system to guarantee sufficient nitrogen supplies for the planting season. However. Schaben said all he received was a "vague and evasive" reply six weeks later Just Arrived! rn: H I 00% Cotton FLANNEL WORK SHIRTS • All Cotton • Sanforized • Two Pockets • Long shirt Tails • Sizes M-L-XL nth nm Lh Postal Sub-station Pay your utilities here! Thirty Second and Oakland Rd. 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  • Alan Paul
  • Arlyn Fvssum.Waterville
  • Bernard Welsh
  • Bill Boland
  • Brian B. Kin
  • Bruce Lapree
  • Carl T Curtis
  • Clarence Huffman Waukon
  • Don Ament
  • Don F. Magdanz
  • Gearhart Krug
  • J. J. Exon
  • Jack Scott
  • James Prestemon
  • James Schaben
  • Jerry Litton
  • Jerry Williamson
  • Jim Hightower
  • Karl Butz
  • Kenneth Millsap
  • Leonard Broulik
  • Max Rogers
  • Milo Wolrab
  • Paul Taylor
  • Ray Keiper
  • Richard Olson
  • Robert Lounsberry
  • Robert Rohlena
  • Roger Krug
  • Schaben Blasts Butz

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: January 28, 1974

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