Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 27, 1974, Page 24

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December 27, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 12 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Dec. 27, 1974I f ! i ■■ v ,    '    *:;    ;ft; ® :Sp ;V> ' s    '    '    '    ' ■ Pit-;■■' A Gloomy Mood Prevails i > VV * 'X " (Editor s note: Four seniors in the Drake university school of journalism interviewed numerous state officials, farmers and other farm experts about the problem facing Iowa farmers. This is the last of their reports.) Farm News apl J jSP&X nwk * % : —AP Wirephoto Horsing Around Two-Shoes, a 1,100-pound cow, leads a riding excursion through a field on the Ken Cordell farm near Red Wing, Minn. Steve Cordell, 7, rides Two-Shoes, followed by his sisters, Angel, 6, and Theresa, IO, and brother, Mike, 9, on horses. Electric Cooperatives Aim for Improved Rural Health Care By Don Kendall WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation’s largest and most powerful lobbying organizations, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn., plans to move full force into rural health issues next year if its members approve the plan A spokesman fo the NRECA said he did not expect that the plan, now being drawn up by a staff committee, will be a controversial issue at the organization's annual meeting Jan. 19-23 in New Orleans. lf the program is approved, the NRECA plans to exert major pressure on congress for basic changes affecting health care for all Americans, with a special emphasis on improvements in rural areas, the spokesman said Social Issues The organization represents nearly I.(MHI rural electric power systems which serve nearly 6 3 million consumers in 46 states It traditionally has supported major federal legislation aimed at a wide variety of social issues, including rural housing and other rural development programs. C-O-M-I-N-G FARM AUCTIONS Ad Previously Advert bod la The Gazette Farm Pajoo Sat, Der 2* Verde* Ham, mach , Oak (stimies, 3C* nu. sw ut Coggon ( ta* Mil salt. IO a rn . mach , cattle l.roaan! Killers** J im W ut Mt Vernon Verde*. IO a.m., dairy cattle, mach , misc , E. V HIU** bor*, I (ill. N of Dyersville Sat, J aa 4 Close tat salt, lpm, cattle, mach , hay. Dick Root 2>4 im SW of Whittier Farm salt, IU 30 a iii , mach., hh goods, misc , Leonard Dares and Donald Hare lay 4‘4 im SW of Manchester Wed., Jan I: ( lost ant salt. II SU a rn , mach Marvin Srhlottrrtark. ti nu N of Newhall Sal.. Jan ll: (ta* oat salt, ll 31) a rn., mach . Richard and (taster Rlsdalt. 44 nu NK of Norway. Rural health has been a matter of congressional review periodically over the years, including a three-day hearing in October by a subcommittee headed by Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.) who urged congress “to work logically and rationally toward a solution to the deplorable health problems in the countryside.” Robert D. Partridge, executive vice-president and NRE-CA’s general manager, says the problem is two-fold: high medical and health care costs have led to a drive in congress for some form of national health plan; and medical proc- Egyptians Still Pay Cash for Farm Products WASHINGTON (AP) -Egypt is mainly a cash buyer of U S. farm products, despite recent long-term credit arranged under the Food for Peace program, an agriculture department expert said last week. John B. Parker, an analyst in the department’s Economic Research Service, said Egypt is expected to buy about $350 million worth of U.S. commodities this fiscal year, ending next June 30, almost triple the 1973-74 orders totaling $123 million. About HO percent of those purchases will be for cash, Parker said in “Foreign Agriculture”, published by the department. Under Food for Peace credit agreements, Egypt this year is getting about $54 million worth of wheat and rice, plus about $10 million worth of tobacco. Those orders call for longterm concessional credit at low interest rates. Another $15 million line of credit has been announced for Egypt to buy about 60.000 bales of U.S. cotton. But that is a regular loan calling for commercial interest rates and repayment in regular installments over no more than three years. Parker said imports of short-staple U S. cotton for Egyptian textile factories will enable Egypt to export more of its more expensive long-staple cotton. Boners and facilities are concentrated in urban areas. “Since it’s generally understood that ifs up to the patient to get to the local clinic for help, today many rural residents are faced with the fact that the nearest doctor is miles away and house calls are largely out of the question.” Partridge said in the current issue of “Rural Electrification”, published by his organization. Fewer Doctors Among the points made by NRECA officials are: — Rural areas have fewer doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists per capita than do the metropolitan areas. — Health problems are greater for the poor and the elderly than for other groups, and rural areas have proportionately more of both kinds. Kuhfuss Appreciates Sale of Light Calves PARK RIDGE, III. - William J. Kuhfuss, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, issued a statement last week expressing appreciation to meat packers and retailers for stepping up their buying and merchandising of light calves, including vealers, as a long-run step toward reducing burdensome supplies of beef. “Cow-calf producers and livestock feeders are facing a very serious financial situation and there is no quick and easy solution in the immediate future,” Kuhfuss said “Feeder cattle are selling for about one-half of what they sold for last year with lighter weight calves at extremely low and unprofitable price levels. Some predict that this over-supply situation could face the beef industry and dampen producer prices for several months,” he said -- In 1972 there were ll® counties in the nation without doctors, an increase of 43 percent since 1963 “Plainly speaking, the lure of the city dollar and other advantages of an urban practice have left rural America shortchanged in health and medical care,’’ Partridge said He said metropolitan areas have more than twice as many physicians per KHI.(MKI population, 5ft percent more registered nurses and nearly 75 percent more dentists. But Partridge said he was not suggesting that cities have a surplus of medical and health care. “The point is that rural America is being left behind, with some areas unable even to get a doctor to locate there at all.” Partridge said “Something must be done to meet this basic human need and we aim to do whatever we can to correct the situation.” By Pat Steffen DES MOINES - “Ifs tho roughest year I can remember, financially and weather-wise,’’ an Iowa farmer said. “When you are Knocked out completely of one year’s income, it is not a good year.” Norman Rosenberger of rural Altoona has farmed most of his life. Ile thinks his views reflect those of many other Iowa farmers who were hit hard by summer flooding, hail and drouth and inflation. Rosenberger was hailed out completely in the early summer, replanted, then lost everything to early frosts. Farmers all over the state are having to dig deeper into their monetary reserves for machinery, labor, fertilizer, seed and fuel. Many are afraid of what next year will bring. Donald Altman of Mitchellville said he had to pay three times as much for fertilizer this year as he paid last year. Rosenberger also said he had to pay the higher prices. He said fertilizer is available but the farmer must expect to pay dearly for it. This year he used less fertilizer than he has in the past. Scott Messer farms near Dysart and had trouble locat ing fertilizer. “It s a matter of being there and buying when available.” he said Next Year’s Seed Virgil Thompson of Coon Rapids applied dry fertilizer this year and said the cost is about one-third more than last year. Thompson already has bought his seed corn for next year. He said it is up Sift a bushel over last year but he has had no trouble in purchasing the seed. “With the rising costs of seed and fertilizer, it costs about three times more to put up a crop,” Rosenberger said. The increased cost of machinery this year has also added to the financial woes of many farmers. “Tractors that sold for $17,ftOft a couple years ago are now $27,00ft,” said Altman. “Machinery (the cost of) is out of sight,” Messer said “I can’t afford to buy anything. The cheapest combine is now $34.(KH) as compared to $24,(HH) the last time I bought. Parts are very expensive now and labor has gone up tremendously.” “The added fuel problem (shortage and price increase) makes the costs hard to whip,” said Altman. Central Iowa Conference On Food Set in February MARSHALLTOWN (UPI) -Many leading agricultural spokesmen will attend the first Central Iowa fond conference here Feb. 15. The Iowa Valley Community college district will sponsor the event. Officials said either I S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl But/, or someone from his office will attend the one-day event, which will be open to the public. Appearing on panels will be Walter (loeppinger of Boone, board chairman of the National Corn Growers Assn.; J Merrill Anderson of Newton, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau federation; Dr. William Arion. head of the department of dairy food industry at Iowa State university; and Brian de Silva, an ISF graduate student in economics All four attended the World Food Conference in Rome last month. Topics to Ik* discussed at the conference include world trade, the international political situation, the population explosion, the capability of nations to feed their peoples, how food production relates to energy*problems and how the United States fits into the world food picture How did the summer weather affect those farmers interviewed? “Now there is nothing out there (in the fields) but a bunch of junk,” said Rosenberger, the victim of hail and frost. Altman also had to replant most of his land. He lost one-third of his grain crop to hail and then had to replant most all his land because of flooding. “This year it was a fiasco,” he said. “And many farmers were hit even harder than I was ” Altman farms 1.1(H) acres of corn and soybeans near Mitchellville. Thompson lost about half of his corn crop but fared slightly better with his soybeans. He said the dry weather wasn’t nearly as bad as the heat. He considers himself lucky insofar as he farms on a .stretch of land which borders wetter land to the north and drier land to the south Lucky Farmer Messer considers himself very lucky contrasted with many Iowa farmers. His land near Dysart is in a 20-mile belt which had the best weather conditions all summer. “The early frost hit about ll) acres,” he said “And the test weights have been down. But I have been very lucky.” Messer’s mood takes a downward turn when he looks ahead to next year. “From all the literature I have been reading, it appears we are going to have a bad drouth next year. And there is nothing you can do to prepare for that.” he said. He also said the livestock farmer w ill be put into a wurst* situation than the grain farmer. “The cattle market is a joke,” he said. “We could sell a cow last year for $4IH) to $500 but now we are lucky to get $250.” Messer will plant more grain next year and will increase his hogs, where he believes there is a profit. Thompson will also continue planting grain. “But,” he warned, “if there is a short crop next year, then prices will be terribly high.” The lost crops and inflation hit Rosenberger so hard that he contemplated selling the farm. “But I won’t sell it,” he said “You don’t sell when everything has gone to pot.” “The only bright spot,” Altman said, “is that prices are above the level normally expected.” “But,” he said. “if we have much more of an increase in the price of fertilizer and fuel, and any decrease in the price paid, we will be in terrible trouble. Farming couldn’t be done.” (Distributed bv the iowa Dallv Press Assn ) DDT Alternatives Hold Future Promise WASHINGTON - A Forest Service report indicates three control materials have promise as alternatives for DDT in stopping future tussock moth epidemics without the adverse environmental effects of a persistent chemical. This was among the key conclusions reached in a report delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 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