Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 08, 1972, Image 1

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Vol. 17 No. 33
July 4 was clear and dry, the first good
day for farm work in what seemed like
weeks. Farmers all over Lancaster County
were making hay, planting tobacco,
Martin, Lefever Get
State FFA Offices
Nelson Martin was elected
president of the Pennsylvania
Future Farmers of America
during FFA Activities week at
Penn State. Nelson is the son of
Mr. and Mrs Clyde Martin, East
Earl RDI.
A 1972 graduate of Garden Spot
High School, Nelson is a member
of the Grassland FFA chapter.
While a student, he was vice
president of his local chapter.
Also elected to state office was
Joseph Lefever, son of Mr. and
Mrs Titus H. Lefever, RD4,
Manheim Lefever, a member of
the Manheim Central FFA
chapter, is the new eastern
region vice-president
Nelson told Lancaster Farming
that he expects to spend
anywhere from 60 to 90 days
throughout the next year per
forming his duties as president.
When he’s not doing that, he’ll be
Corn Crop Insurance
Deadline Is Extended
Lancaster County farmers
whose com crops are insured
with the Federal Crop Insurance
Corporation will have until July
14 to report their acreage and
shares without penalty, ac
cording to Dorothy Neel, ASCS
County Executive Director.
Formerly, these reports of
acreage and other information
had to be made by June 30. Any
reports not given by that date
would have been inspected and if
there had been damage found to
he insured crops, the all-risk
protection would have been
helping his father on the family
Summing up his philosophy for
FFA, the new president said, “I
think the benefit you get from
FFA depends on how much effort
you put into it. My FFA projects
have helped me learn a lot about
There are about 165 acres on
the family farm, most of which
are planted to corn and alfalfa.
The crops are used to feed the 80
head of Holsteins and the 120
head of other livestock on the
farm The Martin’s belong to the
Lehigh Valley dairy coop.
When asked if he’d consider
running next year for national
FFA office, Nelson said, ‘T don’t
think so. I have enough to do right
here on the farm National of
ficers, especially the president,
are practically working full time
for FFA. But I’m looking forward
to this year as state president ”
The management of the
Federal Crop Insurance Cor
poration in Washington has ex
tended the June 30 date as a
result of damage and confusion
from tropical storm Agnes.
Any insureds who have not
reported their com acreage and
share should call collect to the
Federal Crop Insurance office in
York, Pa. The number is 717-755-
3416, and the office is open from 8
to 12 noon and from 1 to 5 every
day except Saturday and Sunday.
Tobacco insureds in Lancaster
County hhve until July 31 to make
their reports of 1372 acreage and
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 8,1972
cultivating and, in general, catching up on
all the chores that were postponed by the
rainy weather that has plagued the area
since spring.
Plowing Contest
Spots Still Open
Entries are still being accepted
for the contour and flat land
plowing contests to be held in
conjunction with the annual
Conservation Field Day and
Plowing Contest, Tuesday, July
25, in Elizabethtown. Those
wishing to alter can do so by
calling the SCS office at the Farm
and Home Center.
Nelson Martin
Joseph Lefever
State-wide Milk
Standards Come
To Pennsylvania
Much of the red tape involved
with milk inspections has been
eliminated with the passage of SB
1330 which was signed into law
June 15 by Governor Shapp
Municipal leaders and Penn
sylvania Department of
Agriculture officials met last
week in Harrisburg to discuss
implementation of the law
Briefly, the law will put an end
to redundant inspections of milk
going into certain areas from
other parts of the state It will
also smooth the way for
reciprocal inspection agreements
with states around Pennsylvania
The law requires uniform state
standards and prohibits counties
or local municipalities from
ordaining or enforcing in
spection, sanitation, or labeling
requirements not included in
state rules and regulations.
Last week’s meeting was held,
according to Secretary of
Agriculture Jim McHale, in order
to derive workable state stan
dards from requirements that
had been in effect m local
State standards will involve
such things as temperature
requirements for transportation
of bulk milk and home deliveries,
marking pull out dates on milk
containers and so forth.
In a letter to McHale, Henry R.
Geisinger, executive vice
president of the Pennsylvania
Farm Price Index
Hits Record High
The Index of Prices Received
by Farmers hit a record high
during the month ended June 15
At 125, the index was up 2 points
(l>/2 per cent) from the previous
high (of 123) established in
February 1951, equalled in April
1951 and again last month
Hog prices moved up 2 per cent
to $25.40 per cwt., the highest
June price on record. Prices of
both cattle and calves hit all-time
highs. Cattle prices, at $34.20 per
cwt., were up $l.lO from a month
earlier; calves, at $43.90 were
$l.lO above the previous high set
in May. The over-all Meat
Animal index advanced 4 points
(3 per cent) to 148 per cent of its
1967 average and was 24 per cent
above June 1971.
Meanwhile, the Index of Prices
Received also advanced 1 point (1
per cent) from a month earlier.
At 126, it was also at a record
high. The Ratio of the Index of
Prices Received and Prices Paid
moved up one point to 99. The
Prices Received Index stood at
112, the Prices Paid Index at 120
and the Ratio at 93 a year ago.
Under the old 1910-14 formula.
Prices Received moved up 4
points to 317; Prices Paid moved
$2.00 Per Year
Association of Milk Dealers,
endorsed the action, saying it
would enable Pennsylvania to
market more dairy products in
other states
In a telephone interview with
Lancaster Farming, G W Faust,
head of the Department of
Agriculture’s milk inspection
division, said that the standards
being adopted would be those set
forth in the U S Public Health
Service’s pasteurization stan
This, according to Faust, would
be the main lever used by the
department in arguing for
reciprocal inspection agreements
with other states In other words,
Pennsylvania inspection
procedures would be exactly the
same as those in other states
which use the USPHS guidelines.
The action will have some
effect on^rrnm~-marketing prac
tices, Faust pointed out. in that
local municipalities will not be
able to collect inspection fees on
milk coming in from other areas
These fees often served as tariffs
rather than compensation for
services performed
A spokesman for a local dairy
said that the inspection fees
weren’t a really important factor
m the milk pricing structure He
did say, however, that the
breaking down of trade barriers
would have some impact on
marketing practices
up 4 points to 432, and the Parity
Ratio remained unchanged at 73
It had stood at 70 a year earlier
(Agricultural Prices)
Farm Calendar
Saturday, July 8
1-5 p m Second Annual Wheat
Harvest, Schaefferstown
Tuesday, July n
8 pm. Farm and Home
Foundation Board of Direc
tors meeting, Farm and Home
Grange Visitation program,
White Horse Fire Hall.
41st NEPPCO Egg Quality
School, Mont Chateau Lodge,
Morgantown, West Virginia.
Wednesday, July 12
7 p.m. Pennsylvania Poultry
Processors Assoc., Schlinders
Restaurant, 21st and by-pass,
Camp Hill, Pa.
Central and Southeastern Pa.
Ayrshire Club consignment
sale, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Thursday, July 13
8 p.m. Benefit & Square Dance
for Marietta Flood Victims,
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