Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 18, 1974, Page 22

Cedar Rapids Gazette

February 18, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Riley Calls Hearing on Hog Disease DES MOINES - A sonata hearing on a research project to study a fatal swine disease has tieen scheduled for 3 p m in the senate chandlers at the statehouse in Des Moines on Feb. 28 The public hearing has been called by State Sen. Tom lf t I e y (R-t'edar Rapids), chairman of the senate subcommittee on appropriations tor education, whose committee is considering a bill to’appropriate $l(Ni,ooo to Iowa State university for research on a cure for transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE). Fatal I Ii e disease, popularly known as “TGE”, has been identified for about 15 years, according to Sen Riley, and is generally fatal to young pigs up to two weeks of age Sen. Riley said that he is railing the hearing after being contacted by Linn ( aunty Ye terinarian Victor Klopfenstein and Linn ( aunty Pork Produc ers Association President Darwin Kohl, both of Marion Riley said he has invited pork producers, field veterinarians, extension service personnel, Iowa State university research personnel, Dr E A Butler, state veterinarian with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and officials of Diamond Laboratories to testify before his subcommittee Fasts SII Million "My preliminary investigation indicates that TGE may be cating Iowa pork producers as much as ll million dollars a year in actual out-ofpocket costs, not to mention loss of future profits,” he said. Studies show a farmer has an SI 1.50 Investment in each pig at farrowing and estimates are that as many as one million pigs are lost in Iowa to TGE in a bad epidemic year." Senator Riley continued “Vaccines developed to date have had only limited success to date in combating TGE among yocng pigs and the discase strikes herds raised under the most careful farm practices. An extensive research is necessary to gain a breakthrough and I anticipate that the senate hearing I have called will justify at least the minimum appropriation request of $100,000 to Iowa State university to conduct the necessary research " This sum is small, Indeed, alongside the annual loss that FGE causes the Iowa economy, the Cedar Rapids lawmaker asserted The senate hearing is open to the public and anyone wishing to testify should write or call Sen Riley at the state house in Des Moines C-O-M-I-N-G FARM AUCTIONS JU Previously Advertised In The Gazette Farm Pages Tuesday. Md I* Cloit oui %ai«. I P rn macs , *w7»c Vernon Mom, 4 mi SW of independente Cloit aul tai#. I? JO p m , Iivpilot J mach , Laverne Grimm. O.j mi NYV of Millersburg Wednesday. Mb ?0 Auction, 12 JO p rn dairy toto# tap! . fttd Mtndtrvon ond Gar vin, N rdot of Quovuutfon Soft IO a rn MoiitPin*. mach . Martin Thornton 5 ml SYV of Edgewood Thursday. Mb ll Cloit out tot* I p rn , modi William Ktftlttn. I ml N of Calamus Volt. lpm. moth . lorry Childe I mi NW of Manchtittr friday, fob 22 Audion. I p rn mot h , Lindon Botkin, 5 « ml SW of Indtptndtncr Cloit oui salt. I p rn rottlt, moth David Kirchtr, 4 mi SW of Troy Mills Hampshir# salt. I pm Ltvd Martin form / ml NI of Marion Saturday, fob ll Solo, I p rn mach . hh poods. Moroni Mftrstn I ml NC of atilt Plaint Cloit out salt 12 TO p rn., tottlf mach Mon* Mills. * ml NT of Cantor eolnt fat rn solo. 12. mach , (ar, Marvin Bosltr. S im *> of Mont htsftr Sunday tub 24 Audion 12 moi h hows food Don Holub, J ml '.W of las (ado YVtdnosday, I ob ll Cloit oui solo. I pm mat h , Orvillt Wriohl, I « ml W of toddy Ult Saturday, moi ch I Cloit oui salt. I pm mach calic l»h goods Marvin Witty J 1 » ml St of Wulktf DR. CRAVEN Of NUM PR AC TIC! 1IMIT»D TO DENTURE WORK IU Iii A** St. Cocky Rapid* ta Ital Menno* • Mow City Stool City _ Some 86 Linn county 4-H members visited the state legislature Friday as part of their state government study tour to Des Moines. Sen. Cloyd Robinson (D-Cedar Rapids), second from left, and Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids), sixth from left, spoke to one of the study sessions. The youngsters also visited with the assistants to the secretary of agriculture and Gov. Ray, as well as visiting the Iowa Commission for the Blind, the supreme court, and the historical building. Concern Raised over Corn Crop FTc Looks into Failure Possibility This Year H°e^ Bv Don Kendall WASHINGTON (AP) - Although the U. S. wheat supply has dominated the grain scene lately, many economists arid farmers are thinking darkly about what could happen if 1974 corn production falters and prices really go sky high The wheat situation is serious, to be sure. It is ironical, as well as economically touchy, to see reserves in the world’s biggest wheat exporting country practically vanish Export Drain B u I exports also have drained off vast quantities of other commodities essential for balance in U. S. agriculture, And that means dairying, hog production, cattle feeding, broiler output, turkey raising and all the rest. I hr agriculture department, based on Jan. I surveys, say farmers intend to plant sub stantially more corn and other feed grains this year. Soybean acreages will be down slightly from 1973, but still relatively large. Thus, bused on “average" conditions, farmers very well could produce a record corn crop of nearly 8.7 billion bushels next fall, up from 5.84 billion last year But the question haunting livestock producers particularly is: What price will I have to pay for feed? Familiar Pattern The pattern is familiar. Buyers in Japan, Europe, and dozens of other countries have bidded against U S. livestock feeders for corn and other products As a result, hog producers have not yet seen evidence that sustained profits lie ahead Thus, no major expan sion in hog production is expected this year. Why. they ask. should an Iowa farmer feed His corn to hogs when it brings so much on the cash market. Cattle feeders also have not produced signs of an imminent upturn. Yet I-SDA experts say plenty of young, lightweight feeder cattle an* “out there" to In* fattened when — and if — feed prices come down or slaughter cattle prices rise. Reduced Crap? The impact of a sharply reduced 1974 corn crop would hr* harsh Without action to control exports, corn deliveries to foreign buyers a year from now could literally bid American consumers out of the market. The crunch on wheal supplies and its effect on bread and consumer food expenses would seem like a minor twinge, comparatively. That is because corn — plus sorghums, oats and barley — constitute, by far. the most important raw materials for »he U S. food supply Cereal products, on the average, take only about 18 cents out of a family’s food dollar. Meat products alone take about 32 cents Agricultural products account for alMiut a third of domestic airfreight transport WASHINGTON (IPI) -The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun an investigation int(» a giant hog farm proposed for Clark county, Miss., Sen Thomas F Eagleton (D-Mo.) said this week Eagleton and Sen Stuart Symington (D-Mo.) have told the FTC’ the facility, designed to handle up to two-and-a-half million hogs annually, could drive 5.tmh! farmers out of business. Eagleton said tin* investigation wiii determine whether the operation would violate a provision of the Federal Trade Commission act prohibiting unfair competition and restraint of trade. 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Til 9:00 P M PEOPLES Senate Unit Will Probe Fertilizer WASHINGTON (AP) - A senate agriculture subcomm it tee is preparing to investigate the anticipated shortage of fertilizer and its implications on the food supply Sen George McGovern, chairman of the subcommittee on agricultural credit and rural electrification, will ( hair hearings Feb lf) as the opening phase of the probe “Thirty percent of our nation’s total production of field crops is directly attributed to the availability and application of fertilizer,” McGovern (HS I) ) said “When one ((insiders the fact that our reserves of wheat are at 27-year lows and expected carryovers of corn will tx* down to somewhere between 4(H) million and HIK) million bushels this marketing year, the importance of reaching our production goals becomes all too obvious “Whether we are able to reach those goals will tx* determined not only by weather but also by the availability of essential fertilizer supplies,” McGovern added He noted that, while planted acreage is expected to increase sharply this year, the agriculture department is predicting a seven percent shortage of nitrogen fertilizer The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Men., Feb. 18, 1971 _T T_ Dairy Group Unhappy With Price Increase By Don Kendall WASHINGTON (AP)— Ender law, dairy farmers will be due for a boost of about 89 cents per HK) pounds for manufacturing grade milk covered by federal price supports, but the .National Milk Producers Federation wants an increase of at least I 89 for the year beginning April I Congress, in writing the Agricultural and Consumer Pro-tection act last year, specified that milk price supports must be a minimum of 80 percent of parity through March. 1975 The action, which went into effect Aug IO last year, had the effect of raising the minimum support to $5.61 per hundredweight from $5.29 announced the previous spring for the 1973-74 marketing year Agriculture department of Uriah think the full parity prier of manufacturing milk on April I will he about $8.12 per hundredweight. The parity price is eonstrueted under a formula t4j reflect changes in production expenses, primarily* Thus, since those costs have risen steadily, the parity price has risen accordingly When the initial supjxirt was set nearly a year ago for 1973-74 the parity price was $7.05 per hundredweight Ender the Agricultural and Consumer Protection act, the required 80 percent support of the anticipated parity beginning April I would tx* roughly $7 50 per HK) pounds for the 1974-75 season Patrick B Healy, secretary of the federation, has filed a petition with (JSDA asking that the 1974-75 minimum be raised to 90 percent of the expel ted parity price. That would put the support at about $7.30 per hundredweight. The petition, dated Fob 19 hut released to newsmen this week, called attention to a sharp decline in milk production last year, attributable in part to rising costs. Many dairy farmers, Healy said. have quit entirely. “In summary;” he said, “milk production is noi keep ing pace with the require ments of the market. The downward trend in milk pro duetion which began in November 1972 must be reversed " Healy said a necessary step is to raise the support for manufacturing grade milk to the 90 percent level. Further. he said, the support level should be adjusted periodically during the marketing year to maintain the full 90 percent rate 215 I st Avo. SE Phone 366-2436 or 362-391 9 tak?B mmmj to make money.. © but not very much! ■■■■Mai mmmm mmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm All of us like to make money, but before we can, we usually have to make some kind of investment. Som* times it's an investment of time, sometimes of work, but most often it involves an output of money. It takes money to make money all right, but in the case of classified ads, it doesn't take very much. 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