Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 26, 1974, Image 1

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    Periodicals Division , ' /)
Vol. 19 No. 10
FARM
TRENDS
A summary of market
and commodity news
for the past week
U. S. Pledges to Meet
Farm Fuel Requirements
Fuel suppliers will be required to meet 100 percent
of the'farmer's needs, we were told this week by
Ralph Jackson, executive vice president of the
American Soybean Assn.
Jackson and Ad Blankestijn, vice president of
FEDIOL (Federation of European Oilseed
Processors) met this week with John Hill, deputy
administrator of the Federal Energy Office for
clarification of the rules and regulations regarding
farm fuel supplies.
Federal regulations issued Jan. 15 provide for 100
percent of agriculture’s current requirements for
propane, butane, diesel fuel, gasoline and residual
fuel. The regulations define agricultural activities as
planting, cultivation, harvesting, processing and
distribution of fiber, timber, tobacco, food intended
for human consumption and animal feed.
Ships arriving in U.S. ports to load soybeans and
other agricultural products will get the fuel they need
to return to their destination, according to Ad
Blankestijn. European nations are providing all the
fuel ships need to get to U. S. ports.
“Until now, we have been concerned that the ships
would'not get enough fuel to return to Europe with
agricultural products,” said Blankestijn. All other
cargo and freight are allocated 110 percent of their
1972 requirements.
"Requiring fuel suppliers to meet farmer’s needs
will help the farmer finalize his plans for 1974. Far
ming involves enough guess work without the fuel
problem,” said Jackson.
“I am sure that our farmers have taken necessary
steps to ensure the proper use of fuel and will con
serve energy whenever possible. These new
regulations are necessary not only for the farmers,
but for the nation. If the production and distribution
of agricultural products is stopped or even slowed
down, the nation itself must either stop or slow down
in direct relationship to agriculture," said Jackson.
Alton Daw, left, took time out from a
busy schedule Thursday to pose for a
picture with Jeff Martin and the cow
which is Jeff’s 4-H project. Daw is
staying with Jeff’s family, the Robert
by Dick
Wanner
Martins of New Holland, for a short
time while he’s in Lancaster County
observing vo-ag and farming
techniques.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, January 26, 1974
Preston Newcomer, left, is the newly elected were Lewis Bixler, center, to a three-year-term, and
of the Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative. Reelected to Albert Fry, Jr., to a one-year term,
the board at the group's annual meeting Thursday
Mt. Joy Coop
David Putney had some
bad news and some good
news for the Amount Joy
Farmers Cooperative
Association on Thursday
during their annual meeting
at Hostetter’s Banquet Hall
in Mount Joy. Putney, a
Harrisburg attorney, works
for the Mount Joy group as
well as a number of other
cooperative associations.
Putney’s bad news was
that the Internal Revenue
Service is trying to change a
long standing rule that
makes farm cooperatives
exempt from corporate
income taxes. Patronage
payments to members have
always been taxable, Putney
noted, but these payments
would be reduced con
siderably if corporate taxes
were deducted from the
cooperatives’ income.
Good news, at least for the
cash basis farmers in the
group, was that the IBS will
now allow deductions from
current year income for feed
purchased one year and
consumed the next.
“However,” Putney
cautioned, “the expenditure
must be a payment and not a
refundable deposit, and
there must be an agreement
to deliver at a specific time
and a specific place.”
County Agent Maxwell M.
Smith addressed the group,
too, and urged the fanners to
consider the public relations
aspects of their farming
operations. Smith stressed
the need for maintaining
clean, attractive farm
steads. He said as housing
developments spring up in
fanning areas, farmers will
have to cultivate friendly
In This Issue
Farm Calendar 32
Markets 2-4
Sale Register 27
Sale Reports 30
Farmers Almanac 6
Classified Ads 36 f
Editorials 10'
Homestead Notes 20
Lancaster Co. DHIA 14
Home on the Range 24
Thoughts in Passing 8
Guyana Ag Teacher Observing
Vo-Ag, Farm Programs Here
It’s an accepted fact that
America has a wealth of
knowledge and experience to
share with developing
nations. We have marketing,
transportation, political,
communication, research
and other systems with ef-
Members Meet
relations with their neigh- odor and dust that go along
bors if they want to stay in with farming,
business without constant Lewis Bixler, president of
complaints about the noise, (Continued On Page 4)
Outlook Hopeful for
State Pesticide Law
Pennsylvania’s attempt at
legislation regulating
pesticide useage is moving
closer to reality, according
to Donald W. Parke,
Executive Vice-President of
PennAg Industries
Association in comments
before the Annual Lime,
Fertilizer and Pesticide
Conference at Pennsylvania
State University, January
25.
While legislation has been
considered for years by the
General Assembly, progress
was hampered by lack of
details as to Federal
amendments which would
establish standards and
guidelines for states to
follow. With recent Federal
legislation, this problem has
now been largely eliminated,
although many unknowns
still have to be regulated.
“We hope H.R.-588 which
has already passed the
Pennsylvania House of
ficiencies unmatched
anywhere else m the world,
Observers come here to
learn and to carry their
observations back to their
home countries. Today, the
flow of information is largely
outward from the U.S. to the
$2.00 Per Year
Representatives unani
mously will compromise the.
environmentalists, the
agriculturalists, the Federal
regulators, not to mention
the poor taxpayer who will
have to foot the bill for a
whole new regulatory
group,” Parke said. “H.R.-
588 was developed through
the Department of
with the
assistance of a committee of
farmers, agribusiness
leaders, educators and
government. Every effort
was made to obtain
legislation which would
conform to the Federal
standards.”
Details of the proposed
legislation including
licensing, registration,
records, liability and
penalties were covered by
Parke as well as other
legislative matters of in
terest to the fertilizer in
dustry.
developing nations. This is
true in farming as well as
other fields,
That flow may reverse
some day, particularly if we
must leam to deal with the
problems of shortages rather
(Continued On Page 32)