Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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This Is a Gentle Hog
Marvin Caldwell of Littleton, III., mounts up to demonstrate how gentle his 7 foot long, 1,000 pound Berkshire hog is. The animal is one of the largest of its type. The Berkshire named Prairie was exhibited at the Illinois State fair in Springfield last week.
Farm Bureau Holds Open House
WEST DES MOINES - An open house will be held Aug. 24 and 25 at the new Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines.
The open house for Farm Bureau members and the public will be from 9 a m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and from I to 5 p m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Open spaces and warm colors to blend in with the rural environment were the themes used in designing the new home of Farm Bureau and affiliated companies rn West
The three-story, 180,000 square foot building at 3400 University avenue, just west of interstates 35 and 80, houses under one roof BHO employes who previously worked in six downtown Des Moines buildings.
In addition to serving as the home of a farm organization, the building will house the following Farm Bureau affiliates: Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co.; Farm Bureau Mu
tual Insurance Co.; Challenger Investment Fund, a mutual fund; Agricultural Business Corp, an electronic farm records service; the Beef Improvement Corp., a feeder cattle marketing service; I VP, Inc., which operates a group purchasing program for Safemark tires and batteries; Farm Bureau Building Corp., which manages property owned by Farm Bureau; and Iowa Marketing Research, which does marketing research for Farm Bureau and affiliates.
The building also will be a regional office for FS Service, Inc., a farm supply cooperative affiliated with Farm Bureau in Iowa, Illinois and W isconsin.
Since 1946, Farm Bureau was located at 10th street and Grand avenue in downtown Des Moines. Between 1920, when Farm Bureau first moved to Des Moines, and 1946, several downtown office buildings housed Farm Bureau.
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Scientists Fight Spread Of Witchweed to Midwest
CHICAGO, 111. - The hunting season is open for witchweed.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking farmers in North and South Carolina to join in the annual hunt for this parasitic weed. No Midwest states are known to be infested, but the department would like farmers in the Midwest to keep alert for any possible spread.
“Our two goals are to prevent vvitchweed’s spread to the Midwest or other non infested areas, and eventually to eradicate the pest from the Carolinas,” explained Leo G. K. Iverson, deputy administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
“We are bringing witchweed under control with new control techniques, plus enthusiastic cooperation from
Butz Comes to Marshalltown
MARSHALLTOWN (UPI) -U. S. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz will be the featured speaker at a “Grassley for Congress” fund-raising barbecue Sept. 6 at the Central Iowa fairground here, it was announced this week.
Butz will speak on behalf of Charles Grassley of New Hartford, the GOP candidate for congress in Iowa’s 3rd district.
Roger Pease of Waterloo, chairman of the event, termed Butz "one of the most dynamic speakers on the national scene.” He said tickets for the chicken barbecue will be SH) a person.
the North Carolina and South Carolina state departments of agriculture and concerned in-div iduals.”
Report to Agents
To achieve an eventual eradication, every suspected witchweed plant must be reported to the local county agricultural agent or plant protection official for on-the-farm identification. Then, proper control methods can be applied.
Witchweed is a bright green plant that sucks food and water from corn, sorghum, and other grassy crops. The foot tall weed blooms red, or sometimes yellow from mid-July to the first frost.
Iverson warned that witchweed plants should not be pulled up for identification. This could spread v iable seeds to nearby gardens and farms.
One witchweed plant annually produces up to 500,IMH) seeds. Each can lie dormant, yet viable, in the soil for 12 years.
Witchweed — a native of South Africa and parts of the Eastern Hemisphere — invaded the Carolinas in 1956. At one time in the current federal-state control effort, 36 counties were infested. Now the number is down to 28 — 21 counties in North Carolina and seven in South Carolina.
Dr. Robert Eplee, supervisor of USDA’s Witchweed laboratory examines a witchweed plant parasitizing corn. The germination pot helps scientists find new ways of controlling this destructive pest of corn and other grass crops. USDA’s ultimate goal is total witchweed eradication from the United States.
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Top Showman Three Years in Row
WEST UNION - Jeffrey Schwartz, 12, of Westgate showed the grand champion market beef at the Fayette county fair for the third year in a row.
He exhibited a crossbred which also earned him the title of junior champion.
Tom Mann, West Union, won the reserve championship and reserve grand championship
Other grand championship winners were Mark Sauerbrei, West Union, for Shorthorn; Alan Schlumbohm, Stanley, Hereford; and Ross Duckett, Stanley, Angus.
The grand, champion for market lambs was Shelley Lein, Arlington, who also won the champion Suffolk and supreme champion ewe titles.
Dean Richardson, Waterloo, had the Dorset champion ewe, while Liz Murrel, West Union, carried the champion Hampshire ewe title.
Sarah Lein also took the Corriedale ewe championship.
Farmers Home Deadline Nears
DES MOINES - The dead-line for accepting applications for emergency loans through the Farmers Home Administration, is August 26.
The loans are for losses sustained to buildings and dwellings during this spring's storms. The deadline for applying for farm production loss loans is March 27, 1975.
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