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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa French Youth Keeps Busy on Iowa Farm The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon.. July 15. 1974 5 Jean Elbel and Pete Greiner use an electronic calculator to convert the price of gasoline in France to American terminology. United States Maintains Meat Production Lead WASHINGTON (AP) A new government review of the world livestock situation shows the United States continues to have a commanding lead in meat production despite a 6.2 percent decline last year. The agriculture department said world red meat production, based on statistics for major countries, was down only silightly to 65.6 million metric tons. However, that was only one-half of one percent below 1972. Soviet Second Total meat output in the United States in 1973 was about 15.7 million metric tons, approximately one million below 1972. The next largest producing country was the Soviet Union with more than 9.9 million tons, a decline of .6 percent. The figures, reported this week by the department's Foreign Agriculture Service, showed meat output was up 5.2 percent last year in South America, with almost all of the increase occurring in Brazil. Production in the European Community was down slightly, but it rose 8 percent in coun- tries outside the community, nearly all of it in Spain and Greece. African countries produced 1.9 percent less meat than in 1972, but output in Asia rose 6.8 percent mainly because of a large gain in Taiwan. Production in Oceania including Australia and New- Zealand declined 2.9 per- cent. Another report this week showed cattle slaughter is ex- pected to increase this year in many countries as producers slow expansions of breeding herds. Consumers Balk "Reduced cattle prices, because of worldwide con- sumer resistance to high meat prices, and high feed costs, are the major reasons for the increase in slaughter the report said. Although the United States is the world's largest producer of beef for consumer tables nearly 9.8 million metric tons last year India historically has the most cattle. Those were estimated at 233 million head, nearly double the U.S. herd. The world's largest hog producer is the People's Republic of China, estimated by USDA experts at near 234.9 million head. The U.S. hog in- ventory as of Jan. 1 was 61 million, and the Soviet Union's 69.9 million head. See Quick Announcement On Recycled Waste Feed WASHINGTON (UPI) The Food and Drug Administration is only a few months away from granting final approval for recycling dehydrated manure into feeds for cattle and chickens, industry sources say. Spokesmen for the National Broiler Council predicted that EDA officials may, before the end of July, publisl. rroposed regulations allowing the use of dried poultry and livestock waste as feed. Such a proposal would normally be followed by at least 60 days for public comment to put the regulations into effect. Priority Item FDA officials said they could not confirm that a proposed regulation will be issued for public comment before July ends. But a spokesman said the issue of recycled waste is "one of our priority items" and a decision is expected soon. One reason for the forecast of early action is a recent prod from the house appropriations committee, which charged in a report the FDA had taken far too long to make up ils mind Streaked Tie Brings Arrest COLLINSVILLE, Conn. (UPI) Police arrested a man for waving his lie al passersby from the doorway of a Collins- ville bar while wearing nothing else. Police said Ronald Kit- Iredge, 25, of Wlnsled. Conn., was spoiled nude by an off-duty patrolman who arrested him for public indecency. When he was told to return In Ihe bur and put on his clothes, lie escaped through a rear en- He was recaplured a fihfirl lime laler. about authorizing use of recycled waste. "Unduly Tardy" "While the committee can- not judge the scientific ques- tion as to whether or no this new product should be approved for use, it does believe the FDA has been un- duly tardy in determining what action should be the report said. "Therefore the commitlee direcls the FDA to expedite consideration of this request, and to either approve or disapprove the application so the industry will know where it the panel added. Schoff Rams Win Plaque WATERLOO Orben Schoff of Lost Nation was awarded a plaque for having the high in- dexing pen of rams at Ihe Iowa Ram Testing association's performance tested ram sale here Saturday. Three rams comprising Schoff's pen set a record high index and one set an individual high index for Ihe sale. The association -nted Schoff lite plaque in -ory of Jack Worley, Ely, aie1 4rs. Clem Broughlon, i'ormc ly of Chanule, Kan. Both were in- volved in conducting Ihe tesl for six years. The index incorporates into one numerical figure economically important trails of rate of gain, feed efficiency, and carcass characteristics. Wnqetit For the Finest in Paints LISBON _ Jt-an Klln-l (iff a 24-liuur bus ride (rum Ni'tt York Cilv In Ci-dar in iu-ipiiif; pul hales of hay un thr Peter A (irtiiicr farm cast of Lisbon. Tin- (irrincrs expected that Jean would need a rest after his IOIIK journey, which had begun when he left his home near Kranee, liul Jean wanted to In the farm at once and. according to Mar- K'o limner, he lias been hard to keep up with since he arrived in Lisbon June 27. Experiment In Living .lean is spending five weeks with the Cireiner family through a program called Experiment in International Living. Margo heard of the need for farm families who would open their homes to people from other countries wishing to lake part in the Experiment. Her interest resulted in Jean's coming to Iowa, his expenses shared by Jean, the Greiners and the Experiment organization. Jean, 2-1, farms HI) acres with his father in the fertile Alsace-Lorraine region ill northeast France. Their prin- cipal crops are corn, wheat and hops. They also keep laying hens. While HO acres is small by comparison with Midwest farms, Jean said theirs is one of the largest in his country. Because their farm li near a city, tie estimates its worth iit per acre, lie said land in the region vary from per up Kvcn a 14- atre farm can support a family in France, lie noted. Regulated Prices Part of the reason for this, he believes, is that Freiuh farmers do not have to contend with widely fluctuating com- modity prices. Grain prices are regulated by the government which. Jean said, considers farmers in be very important lo the country. While Jean has four brothers, he is the only son who helps with the farm. An older brother is an engineer, another is studying engineering and the two younger boys will go to the university, Jean said. The El- hels have one full-time hired man and a woman who helps three days a week. More help is hired (luring harvest time. Jean said he had always wanted to visit in the United States. He felt that staying in one place with an American family would be far more interesting than just traveling around the country. Implements Familiar The implements Jean is us- ing on the Greiner farm are familiar to him. The Elbcls' first tractors were made in the U. S. and their equipment now comes from a Massey-Fer- guson plant in 1'aris. Jean said one of his first impressions of this i-mimry was that there are too many big cars. Considerable compu- lation was required lo convert liters to gallons and francs to dollars, but Ihe paperwork reveal'-d why small cars nre the rule in France gasoline is S.634 per gallon there. Jean was surprised at prices in I.. S. restaurants, finding them more reasonable Hum in Ins country. Jean said he does not know what city life is like in America, but he finds life in the- country slower paced here than in France. He thinks people are more wealthy here, their homes more comfortable. He marvels at the number of homes thai have air condi- tioners and "television in every Feels at Home He feels very much at home with the Greiners. Jean finds family life more lively here and admired Pete's informal relationship with his sons, Michael, 7. and Troy. 3. lie said in France the father has a more authoritarian manner. When it was suggesled that girls are preltier in France. Jean exclaimed, "no, no, no, no there are pretty girls everywhere." And apparently Jean Elbel fuels in the field where he was cultivating corn on land farmed by the Greiner family. This one 350-acre field is times as large as the Elbel farm in France. his charms have not gone un- noticed for when Margo men- tioned that someone had said Jean is cute, Peter protested, "lie's handsome as the devil." In his short lime here, Jean has not only become deeply in- volved with the Greiner family and Iheir farming operation but accompanied them to University hospitals, Iowa City, where he donated a pint of blood for a Lisbon man badly injured in a car accident. H would seem that for Jean Elbel and the Greiners, their Experiment in International Living will he a real success storv. Thief Follows Film's Advice SPOKANE, Wash. (UP1) A drive-in theater was robbed of by a bandit who es- caped. 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