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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Odar Rapids Gazette: Frl., Pel. 18, H74 arm Swap Enlightens City Folks HOONK What farmer wants to entertain complete strangers from a distant city as weekend visitors in the mid- dle of harvest? Sixly central Iowa farm families did just thai last week- end in a program called the "City-Kami a family-lo- family exchange between Chicago area consumers and Iowa farmers. The swap is one of the Agriculture Council of America's newly launched "Direct Touch" programs. Swop "Our City-Farm Swap served as a pilot for possible ex- pansion to other areas iu the Baxter Freest1. vice- chairman of ACA's board and a Wellman livestock producer, pointed out. "We feel farmers and urban consumers should be com- municating directly with each other because a sound agricul- ture and a stable food supply Is in the definite best interest of both groups." City family participants arrived on host farms Friday, and after being absorbed in farm activities most of Saturday, they and their hosts attended an evening barbecue program 'in Boone. In a spontaneous display of appreciation, city fami- lies gave their (arm hosts a prolonged standing ovation at the end of the program. 1 Boone groin and livestock producer Richard Thompson (third from right) shows the John Justice family of Oak Lawn, III., how his combine operates. Justice (third from a supervisor with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co., and his family spent the weekend with the Thompsons as part of a City- Farm Swap involving 60 Chicago area families and 60 central Iowa farm families. KANSAS CITY (AP) President Ford's suggestions for fighting inflation drew snme favorable comment from members of his Future Farm- ers of America audience. Midwest To Get From Cow Manure CHICAGO (UPI) A methane gas generated from callle manure will be provid- ing energy lo .several mid- western stales by Peoples Gas Co. announced Iliis week. The company said that through a process called biiigasification. the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America has agreed to purchase the methane from Calorific Re- covery Anerobic Process, Inc.. nf Oklahoma City. The gas will be produced from a plant to be constructed near several Oklahoma feed- Inls in (he Panhandle area. The plant site is a short dis- tance from one of the mainline supply routes of NGPC from Hie soulhwesl lo the Chicago area. Calorific estimates the plant, lo be completed in mid- will produce about inns of callle manure each year to produce about 641) cu- bic feel of methane. The company supplies natu- ral gas to portions of Wis- consin, Indiana, Iowa, liraska, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Illinois. Must 'if [he new product, limm cr. would go in Illinois. A sludge byproduct pro- duced in the new process will used as a fertilizer which I'GC said is more environ- mentally acceptable Ihan raw manure. "If we take his advice we might be able to do some- thing." said Rick Worley, 17, Bradenton. Fla.. one of the attending the FFA convention's opening day Tuesday. "I'm going In try to save some more money." "1 Ihink everybody needs to budget a little said 21-year-old Mark Nixon of Freedom, Okla. "Mainly I'm going to remember that I just saw Ford, that I saw him in person." Tim Glass, 17. of Savoyard, Ky., agreed. "It's an honor to come down here and see the he said. Lynn Taylor of Gransville, Utah, said the President made sense. "People could do it if they wanted he said. "It'll work, if people follow it. There arc a lot of people wast- ing stuff now." Two 4-H Members Get Zentmire Trophies MARENGO The two top awards presented at the Iowa county 4-H awards night here lust weekend went to Melaune Schntterle of Norway and Larry Jones 01 Williamsburg. Both received Zentmirc trophies given by D. II. Henlmire, longtime extension director for the county. An- other girl, Kay Leichsenring of Amana, received three awards for achievement, citi- zenship and leadership. Handy Jones of Williams- burg received both citizenship and leadership awards. An- other leadership award recipi- ent was Denise Bloome of Ladnra. Other achievement award winners included Lenh Ann llollopeter and Carol Jones, both of Williamsburg, and Ste- ven Karsten, Walkins. "He said the same things last Tom Mitchell of Morrisville, Mo., said, "lint it'll have to work. Americans are awfully wasteful." Paul of Bowling Green. Ky.. wasn't so easily satisfied. He said: "I wanted lo hear why the farmer isn'l getting a lol of money from tho high beef prices. I wanted him In talk about beef." Dan Machado, 17, from Gridloy. Calif., said. "The statement thai struck me was when he talked about the lights going off and the girl being scared if we all don't cooperate with each other. Hit1 lights will go off." Feed Shortage Means Higher Prices WASHINGTON (UPI) The agriculture department's chief economist said this week the effects of the current feed shortage will be fell in higher relail meal prices through 1 Don Paarlberg, director of agriculture economics al Hie department, also said the government intends to focus attention on tho failure of retailers lo drop their prices in line wilh what the farmers are receiving. "We think that the retail prices should reflect the prices the farmers are gel- he said. Paarlberg said the current feed shortage will mil cause an immediate increase in the price of beef. In the short run, he said, there will be an in- creased supply of beef and pork as farmers reduce their herds lo fil the lower grain supply. But he predicted thai Ibis will be followed in 1975 by a shorter supply of meat and "some price increases." anticipate price in- creases late into 11175 and even into resulting from this he said. Asked about farmers who are killing their calves lie- cause of the shortage of feed, Paarlbcrg described it only as "a way of gelling their problem before the public in a very vivid manner." "I don't think il improves their he said. "The livestock business is now in difficult circum- stances. They are all being squeezed." C-0-M-I-N-G FARM AUCTIONS As Previously Advertised In 3 The Gazette Farm Pages Sal., ltd. 19: (low oil! sale. I shueyvlllc Methodist church. Auction. AN OCTOBER f! HOBBY MONTH Richard Petty Cars NOW NOW I Regularly AM AFX Slot Can I I j RoBularly NOW P K SHOP EARLY AND SAVE! ji Free Gilt Wrapping On Lay-A-Wayi jn 1000 Seventh Avenue, 377-9910 li.lli.. nuir-li.. lili Kiimls, rar. Charlps Oucns. I nil. SK of Cenlcr I'nmt. Aucllon, a.m.. Ml. unwls. ma< h l-'iriiia Schlollcrback. 3 nil SW n( SlicllslMirK. Auction. 10 a in Hill acres, heirs of J.K. anil Margaret Murphy, !l nil. NK nl Farm wile. II a in., inacli.. misc.. lion Halm. nit s nl Ml Dispersal sale. 1 p.m.. it-t fiiiernscys iinil Jerseys, cmntiuic. llnlph Italslon mi. NW (if Aiiamcisa Lord's Acre'sale. 1 [Mil. cnril. oats I ..Til in llenrlchs, I (inivc. s. estate ot (irace SW Scnlcli WANT TO CUT EXPENSES? Dial 363-8563 Do someone a favor. Recommend Dave Taylor The Quiet Realtors that Everybody Is Talking About for llml "iii'rsoiKil touch The families parted company on Sunday morning, but farm families will get a taste of cily living when they complete the exchange at individually agreed-upon future dates. Visitors React How did the urban visitors react lo their experience as weekend farmers? Judy -Smit of Downers Grove. III., whose husband is a high school teacher, summed up the feeling expressed by most city dwellers: "It's been really exciting fur me as a housewife to net out here and receive a whole new understanding about farm prices. I'm beginning to understand a lot I never did before. Where 1 was getting angry at food prices, now I can at leiist look and understand what the farmer is going through at his end of the product exchange." The Smits were guests of George and Dee Van De Walk1 of Chelsea, who raise beef and hogs along with growing corn and soybeans. Hostess Dee Van De Walk1 gave her impression of the swap. "I think ACA has done a fanlaslic thing by putting (his program together. II gave us the opportunity to actually talk to consumers and show them what we are doing and what is involved on the farm. We are looking forward to going to Chicago and living their way of life too." Farming Complicated Donald and Kalina Vastlik drove from their home in Oak Park. III., to the farm of Duane and Linda Hagluml near Boone. Mrs. Vastlik found farming more complicated than she had envisioned. "There is a lot more involved in farming than just sitting back and watching (he cows she told inquiring re- porters. "It (the swap) has been as great as we hoped it would be." Mr. and Mrs. John Justice of Oak Lawn, III., were partic- ularly surprised al inflation's impact on the farm. "I realized it was hitting hard when he (host farmer Richard Thompson) told us a new combine had gone up 000 in just seven months and bailing wire had gone from to Really this is a tremendous jump. Inflation hasn't hil us with anything like that. Texans Ready To See Ford Sophisticated Karen Howell of Morton Grove, 111., was amazed at how sophisticated farming has become. "I didn't have the slightest idea how much money farm- ers have lied up in crops and machinery or how little they get for what they she said. Mrs. Rowell and her family were guests of Hichard and Bessie Stanek of Callcmlcr. Her husband Charles, who is a production control assistant for a large Chicago manufactur- er, helped his host get cattle ready for market. "It was a fab- ulous he said of his experience. Plant Manager Eugene Walenga and his family were matched with the Howard Gordons of Webster Cily. "I'm very much impressed with ibis Wai- lenga staled in a taped interview. "I think we all came here wilh preconceived ideas about farming. We had no idea of the specialization that takes place on the farm I think it will lake a week or two to digest it all." STKP1IKNV1LLK. Tex. (AP) Texas ranchers and dairymen say they're ready to go to Washington "anytime the President wants" to take him up on his offer to meet wilh them to discuss (heir eco- nomic problems. "Maybe they're beginning to hear us after all. I knew when somebody started killing cattle, or even talked about it, it would spread across the said .lames Traw- eek. president of the Cross Timbers Beef and Dairy Assn. On a campaign swing through the nation's heartland Wednesday, Ford said he would set up a meeting within two weeks and said he would defer changes in the dairy im- port quota system until he can assess market conditions. Texas Agriculture Commis- sioner John C. White termed Kuhfuss Seeks Ford Meeting PARK RIDGE, 111. (UPI) The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation has requested a conference with President Ford to discuss federal farm policy and infla- tion problems faced by farm families. In a telegram to Ford, William J. Kuhfuss renewed the Farm Bureau's "whole- hearted support" of the Pres- ident and said "news media reports of criticism of Secre- tary of Agriculture Earl Butz are unjustified." Ford's announcement "marvelous." He said, "I felt like that if our people used their common sense, and lliey have, this thing will work out right. The President is certainly off on the right foot." Trawcek, whose group herd- ed calves to a trench to be shot several weeks ago, said, "We'd just about given up hope he would meet with us." The group called off their plans lo slaughter the calves at the lasl minute, hoping that Ford would agree to talk with them about the price of feed, milk and beef. Dairymen and ranchers say the disparity in production costs and product prices is driving them out of business or into bankruptcy. Records Broken At Pony Sale MASON CITY The Pony of Americas' Club here reporl- ed an aged mare sold for 900, a new record, al the group's 18th annual sale last weekend. The mare, GR's Raindrop, was consigned by the Golden Rod Pony farm of Chariton and was purchased by Okie POA Acres of Tonkawa, Okla. Two geldings sold for and also records. 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