Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Exchange 4-H Visitors
Photo bv Keith Westercamo. Cedar Rapids
Exchange 4-H visitors to Eastern Iowa have arrived at haymaking time. As in many other counties, 4-H members of Linn county are hosting visitors from other states. Steve Bateman, right, of Greeley, Colo., helps Doug Becker load hay on the Ted Becker farm near Center Point. Watching are two of the chaperones accompanying the 30 Colorado 4-H members, Mr. and Mrs. Art Briggs of Greeley.
ISU Research Modeling Grant Renewed by Science Foundation
AMES — A renewal grant of $486,700 has been awarded to the Iowa State university center for agricultural and rural development to continue the research and research modeling efforts on the nation’s agriculture, land and water use. export capabilities, and energy and environmental impacts.
The grant was renewed by the RANN program (Research Applied to National Needs) of the National Science Foundation.
The funds will be used to continue the development and application of large-scale computerized linear programming models of the nation’s future agricultural, food, resource use and environmental problems. The research was begun in 1972 with an initial
NSF grant of $580.(KHI.
The research models under development not only measure and evaluate outcomes of alternative future policies at the national level for agriculture and land use, but also include in-depth analyses by commodities, rural areas, water supply regions, and several thousand individual land resource groups of the states.
Earl 0. Heady, the center’s director and principal research investigator for the project, said the research and models have the capacity not only to evaluate the impact of alternative export trade policies on the nation's agriculture but also to indicate how land use, rural employment and farm income in an individual region of the nation or state might be af
fected by changes in technology, public subsidy of water development, or environmental legislation in other particular regions or states.
The models are the largest and most detailed that have been developed for agriculture and its resources. Initial work on this modeling effort was begun a dozen years ago at ISU and the models have been used by nearly every presidential or national commission which has dealt with agricultural problems and policies.
In addition to Heady, others with major responsibility in the research are: Kenneth J. Nicol, James C. Wade, Anton Moister, and Dan Dvoskin. The study is being implemented in ISU’s college of agriculture.
Plan Aims for Better Feeder Calf Prices
AMES (AP) - Two programs designed to make beef cattle production more profitable for Iowa farmers have been announced by the Iowa Beef Improvement Assn.
Both programs are designed to help Iowa cattlemen command better prices when selling feeder animals to feedlot operators One program involves keeping records snd obtaining beef carcass information on feedlot steers. The other is a group-sale program of quality treated cattle for Iowa feedlots.
David Nailer of Sigourney, president of the beef improvement group, said the new feedlot testing program will be called PROFIT, which stands for Performance Reputation on Facts in Test.
That program is designed to test young cattle sired by performance tested bulls. Nailer said cattle will be fed for a fee in a commercial feedlot, where feed records will be kept After test cattle go to slaughter, information will be compiled concerning the kind of beef tin1 animals yield The other plan. said Dr. John B Herrick, Iowa State univer
sity extension veterinarian, is to group together 500 or more feeder cattle to be sold at a local auction bar in one sale. These feeder cattle would be “certified’’ as ready for placement in feedlots
Certification involves weaning, castration, vaccinations, dehorning, grub control, etc.
Herrick said such a program is needed in Iowa because 80 percent of the Iowa calves sold generally are not weaned prior to sale, 75 percent have not been immunized and 25 percent not castrated.
He said failure to have cattle treated contributes to about a 2 percent death loss the first month a feeder has them.
Few Farmers Enroll in 74 Farm Program
Less than a third of Linn county farmers had enrolled in this year’s farm program by Thursday, only four days-before Monday’s signup deadline, according to Don-n e 11 a Brady, Linn county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service executive director.
Although farmers will not receive any federal funds for retiring acreage this year, the program does provide for disaster insurance, Farmers must also be enrolled in the program iii order to receive support loans and payments
Marketing Weight Of Steers Drops
WASHINGTON (AP)—Some of the overweight slaughter cattle which earlier helped depress markets appear to have been moved through the consumer pipeline, according to an agriculture department report
Last week, the department said, the average weight of steers sold on six major Midwest markets was 1,152 pounds each. Although down from 1,162 pounds a week earlier, the average still was above the year-earlier level of 1,124 pounds, the Agricultural Marketing Service said.
Prices for choice steers also continued to improve last week, averaging $41.12 per UMI pounds on the six markets, compared with $37.4(1 the week before. A year earlier, however, the average was $46.49
Disagreement Surrounds Meat Grading Question
WASHINGTON (UPI) -Revising federal beef grades won’t be easy because cattlemen, packers, retailers and consumers can’t agree on what to do, an agriculture department specialist says.
Pressure for changes in beef grading standards has been increasing in recent months Much of the push has been coming from cattlemen who say new standards could result in developing a wider market for beef which is tender and palatable but needs less grain feeding than the currently popular choice grade.
Voluntary I se
“But the meat industry is iii great disagreement on what, ll anything, should he done about grading, ” says John ( ’. Pierce, head of the livestock division of the agriculture department’s Agricultural Marketing Service
The AMS sets beef grading standards and operates the federal grading service which is used on a voluntary basis by most meat packers
Under that service, beef which has first been inspected and passed for wholesale is then checked by a grader who assigns it a quality rating — prime, choice, good, standard or utility.
In addition, many processors also ask for use of a companion yield grade which indicates how much salable meat can lie cut from the beef carcass In one case, for example, a steer carcass might tie graded choice with a yield grade of 2. another might also be graded choice with a yield grade of 5 Meat from both carcasses would Im* of equal quality, but Hit1 yield grade 2 animal would produce considerably more salable beef and less fatty waste to tie trimmed off
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Organic Farming Tours Tuesday
DUNKERTON - Two tours of organic farming plots will be conducted Tuesday at Dunkerton and Denver.
The morning tour starts at 9:3(1 a m. on the Richard and Al Steffen farm 3 miles southwest of Dunkerton. The afternoon tour starts at 1:30 p.m. on the Richard and James Rappel farm 2 miles east of Denver.
ELKADER — (Jayton county 4-H families will be hosting a group of 4-H members from Washington county, Pa., during the week of July 15 through 21. The group includes 28 girls, ll boys, and 4 adult chaperones.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite a sharp upturn in hog prices last week, a government indicator shows things will have to improve a lot further before real profits return to the* industry.
The agriculture department said this week that hog prices at Omaha, Neb , averaged $36 98 per IOO pounds iast week, the most in months. During the week of June 10-14, for example, the Omaha price averaged only $22 61 per hundredweight.
But the USD A hog-eorn ratio, which illustrates how hog prices line up according to feed costs, was 13.0 last week. Although improved from previous readings, the indicator was still far below the level economists say is needed to encourage greater hog output.
Last week’s ratio meant KH) pounds of liveweight hog bought 13 bushels of corn on the Omaha market. Economists believe a 20-bushel tradeoff is needed on a sustained basis to convince farmers to boost production significantly.
A month ago, however, the picture was far worse. At that time, with hogs at $22.61, the ratio dropped to 8.5 bushels. Corn at that time sold for an average of $2.66 per bushel. Last week corn was $2 85 per bushel, the department said, but the increase in hog prices exceeded that gain.
Romania To Buy U.S. Farm Goods
WASHINGTON (AF) - The agriculture department says Romania will buy $36 million worth of U.S. farm commodities, mostly feed grains, under a new commercial credit arrangement.
The arrangement includes a three-year line of credit by the department’s Commodity Credit Corp. for the purchase of barley, oats and grain sorghum valued at $25 million; corn $6 million; and cotton $15 million, USDA said this week.
Freese Wins Gilt
A Benton Community FFA member won a purebred Hampshire gilt for judging talents shown at the Iowa Junior Hampshire field day. Dan Freese (center) of Van Horne was the high individual in judging competition at the Lloyd Martin farm near Marion. Flanking Dan are FFA teammates Ron (left) and Don Tiedemann of Blairstown, who scored the highest in group judging.
Two Re-Elected To Soil Group
DES MOINES - Two members of the state soil conservation committee were reelected to their respective posts at the committee’s July meeting in Des Moines. Donald Johnson of Fairfield was reelected chairman, and J. Thomas Kenny was named vice-chairman.
Soil Commissioners Will Meet July 24
AMANA — A regional soil commissioners meeting will be held at the Seven Village restaurant at the Amana exit of interstate SO starling at 6:30 p m. July 24.
A speech contest willibe held, and a regional director will be elected. Candidates for the regional post are Larry Shalla of Riverside, who is seeking re-election, Virgil Cory of Morning Sun and Fred White of Parnell.
An Eastern Iowa couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Ma hood of La Porte City, have been named to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s young member advisory committee for a two year term.
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