New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Estate planning session May 13-14
Thursday, May 2, 1991
build against free trade agreements of any kind by organized labor, the textile industry and a substantial number of agricultural interest groups. Florida fruit and vegetable growers appear the most concerned about a free trade agreement with Mexico will annihilate the U.S. citrus industry. A commission predicted Florida will lose 8,700 jobs in the first year of a free-trade pact with Mexico.
Growers in Texas and California are cautious. They are concerned with the viable survival of labor intensive fruit and vegetable industries if a free trade pact with Mexico doesn’t ensure that labor and food safety rules are equal on both sides of the border. A deep seeded desire for “a fair playing field” appears to dominate concerns. Some tree fruit growers in California are actually excited about the possibility of expanded trade.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bentsen (D-TX) announced last week that the committee was holding hearings on the Uruguayan Round of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) starting April 17.
Housing Ag Chairman de la Garza (D-TX) scheduled hearings April 24 to review how farmers and U.S. agriculture would be affected by a Noah American free trade agreement.
These hearings will probably increase the intensity of discussion in both the House and the Senate over the automatic extension of the fast track as was discussed last week. Diverse Economies
On equitable free trade agreement with Mexico may be a lot harder to negotiate than the recent agreement with Canada. Both countries have very different population bases, natural resources, marketing systems and trade patterns. Mexico, for example, has only one-third of the U.S. population and produces annually only the equivalent value of about three per
cent of the U.S. gross national product. The agricultural albor force in Mexico is about 26 percent of the total labor force compared to only 1.3 percent in the U.S. per capita income in Mexico is only one-tenth that of the United States.
Dr. Parr Rosson, Extension Economist-International Trade and Marketing, feels that despite these difference, since joining the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1986, Mexico has reduced duties on many food products, although licenses remain on 60 percent of vegetable imports. Consequently, U.S. agricultural trade with Mexico has nearly tripled to $5.0 billion.
Already the third largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, Mexico is the leading market for dairy products ($229 million/year) and live cattle ($112 million/year). Dr. Rosson contends that Mexico is an expanding market for quality beef and variety meats ($250 million) and grain sorghum ($262 million). Reduced trade barriers are expected to expand current export trends, while increasing farm prices and incomes for Texas producers.
Mexico is the second largest agricultural import supplier to the U.S. and an important source of low cost food products. Vegetable imports from Mexico reached $704 million in 1989, accounting for 36 percent of total vegetable imports and IO percent of U.S. fresh vegetable consumption. Fruit and coffee imports from Mexico were valued at $226 million and $464 million, respectively.
Dr. Rosson feels that since it is the largest supplier of feedcr/stocker cattle to the U.S., Mexico forms the low cost course of inputs for that industry and a major potential source of import trends marginally, they will also increase import competition for
some products, and reduce consumer food prices.
The establishment of a North American free trade zone would probably favor U.S. capital intensive industries, intellectual property rights holders, and U.S. industries which can effectively use Mexico’s large labor resources. Mexico would probably gain higher benefit initially. It hopes to gain industries and technology which will help balance their low income levels and make use of their surplus labor resources.
A free trade zone would probably be less favorable to some sectors of the U.S. textile industry, labor intensive agricultural businesses such as fruits and vegetables, and organized labor.
A free trade pact with Mexico will have a substantial economic impact to both sides, especially the border states. It would help stabilize major immigration problems plaguing Texas and other border states. In addition, Texas would probably gain a substantial portion of the increased trade with Mexico. As a result, agricultural interest are urged to keep an open mind to the establishment of a North American free trade zone.
USDA’s March 28 planting intention report showed that farmers intend to plant less com, soybeans and cotton and a little more wheat than they had indicated in the special February 1991 preliminary planting intention survey.
The projection showed an overall planting intention increase of 3.2 percent to the major crops. The March 28 report, based on a larger more formal survey, (hopped the projection to about the same overall acres as last year.
Joe G. Taylor it Comal County Hntenuon Agent for agriculture with the Ten** Agricultural
By JOE G. TAYLOR County Extension Agent
A seminar of Farm and Ranch Estate Planning is scheduled for May 13 and 44 at the Radisson Hotel (611 N.W. Loop 410) in San Antonio.
The major audience is farmers and ranchers who want to pass an operating farm/ranch business on to their heirs with minimal estate tax cost. Many tax saving alternatives will be explored and related to estate administration. The goal is to give the participants knowledge sufficient to make an informed choice as to the best alternative for their family and financial situation.
Areas of estate planning to be covered at the seminar include tax rate schedules, special tax rules for agriculture estates, by-pass trust considerations, types of trusts, basic community property laws in texas, farm and ranch corporations, planning your estates, estate tax return (Form 706) schedules, land purchase contract terms, life insurance and Rift taxes, the revocable living trusts and many other areas of concern.
Registration is limited to allow discussion about your problems and opportunities. Registration fee is $60.00 per person and includes all seminar materials, refreshments and lunch for both days.
The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. For more information contact the Comal County Extension office or Wayne Hayenga at (409) 845-2226 at Texas A&M University.
Free trade pact
A free trade pact with Mexico received mixed support this past week from business. Entire business sections in major newspapers, for example, were dedicated to highlight the Mexican stock trading system and a variety of business aspects.
Resistance, however, continued to
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To Assure Yourself An Adequate Diet
You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health. These include vitamins and minerals, amino acids (from proteins), essential fatty acids (from fats and oils), and sources of energy (calories from carbohydrates, fats and proteins) By eating a wide variety of foods, you arc more likely to get all the nutrients you need Eat a variety of foods daily in adequate amounts, including se lee uons of:
-whole grain and enriched breads, cereals, and other products made from grain*
-milk, cheese, yogurt and other producis made f rom milk -meats, poultry, fish, eggs. and dry beans and peas 'I o Help Control Overeating In addition u> eating a variety of foods, you should try to maintain a ’‘desirable' weight, lf you toe overweight your chances of de vc loping some health problems are
increased Energy (calorie) intake must be balanced with energy expanded
Take smaller poruons Avoid second helpings. lo Lose Weight
Eat a variety of foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients:
more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
less fat and fatty foods less sugar and sweets fewer alcoholic beverages
increase your physical activity. lo Avoid loo Much tau Saturated tat, and Cholesterol
If you have a high blood cholesterol level, you have a greater chance of having a heart attack Eating extra saturated fat or cholesterol will increase blood cholesterol in many people. There are, however wide variations among lndividuals-related to heredity and to the way each per son s body uses cholesterol. Generally, However reducing your
intake of fat and cholesterol is best for your health.
Choose lean meat, fish, poultry, and dry' beans and peas as protein sources.
Use skim milk or low-fat milk and milk products.
Moderate your use of egg yolks and organ meats.
Limn your intake of fats and oils, especially those high in satur ated fat, such as butter, cream. lard, heavily hydrogenated fats (some margarine), shortenings and foods containing palm and coconut oils.
Trim fat off meats.
Broil, bake, or boil rather than
Moderate your use of foods dial contam fat, such as breaded and deep fried foods
Read labels carefully lo determine both amounts and types of f at present in foods.
To hat Mort* Starch and Filler
Dietary fiber is a term used to describe pans of plant foods which arc generally not digestible by
humans Eating foods high in fiber has been found to reduce symptoms of chronic constipation and irritation of the large and small intestines. Diets high in fiber may reduce the nsk of developing colon cancer.
Choose food that are good sources of fiber and starch, such as
whole grain breads and cereals
fresh fruits fresh vegetables dry beans and peas -Subsutute starchy foods for those thai have large amounts of fats and sugars
'I o Avoid I oo Much Sugar
Sugars provide calories but few other benefits Dict with large amounts of sugar should be avoid ed. especially by people with low calorie needs, such as those on weight-reducing diets aid the elderly. The more frequently you cat sugar-containing foods, UK-greater Ult- risk for tooth decay.
Use less of all sugars and
foods containing large amounts of sugars, including white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey and syrups. Examples include soft drinks, candies, cakes, and cookies.
Remember, how often you cat sugar and sugar-containing food is as important to the health of your teeth as how much sugar you eat. Avoid cating sweets between meal$.
Read food labels for clues on sugar content. If the name sugar, sucrose, glucose, maltose, dextrose, lactose, frutose, or syrup appears first then there is a large amount of sugar
Select fresh fruits or fruits processed without syrup or with light rather than heavy, syrup.
To Avoid Too Much Sodium
Sodium is present in many beverages and food that we cal and is added to food as sail Most people eat more sodium than is needed, but despite popular belief sodium (a part of salt) docs not cause high blood pressure, if pee
pie with high blood pressup restrict their sodim intakes, their bood pressure will sometimes fall, although not always to normal levels. For patients with high blood pressure a physician often prescribes a sodium dict (2000 or less mgs. per day).
Learn to enjoy the flavors of unsalted foods.
Cook without salt or with only small amounts of added salt.
Try flavoring foods with herbs, spices, and lemon juice.
Limit your intake of salty foods such as potato chips, pretzels, salted nuts and popcorn, condiments (soy sauce, steak sauce, gallic sail), pickled foods, cured meats, some cheeses, and some canned vegetables and soups
Read food labels carefully to dcicnninc the amounts of sodium.
Use lower sodium products, when available, to replace those you use that have higher sodium content.
For additonal information, contact your physician or Dr. Curtis J. Ryder, M D., P.A., 512/653-8085,Directory of Medical Services. .......
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