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You . . . Members of your family . . .
and your fellow dairymen are invited to attend
Curtiss Breeding Service
at the Guernsey Barn, Route 30 East, Lancaster, Pa.
Tuesday, February 5, 1974
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Robert P. Bucher
Agricultural Relations Officer of the
Commonwealth National Bank
Lancaster Region of Pennsylvania
Theme: “Environment and Agriculture”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Maurice K. Goddard
Farmers Face Shortages, Higher Prices
The shortages of many basic production supplies which roofing and polyethylene film," said the chief executive of
fanners experienced in 1973 will continue through 1974, and the Syracuse-based cooperative. The time lapse between
many products will carry higher price tags, according to order and delivery of many of these products has grown
Ronald N. Goddard, executive vice president and chief longer, and price increases are anticipated he said,
executive officer of Agway Inc.
“Farmers are particularly affected by shortages because
they use a broader range of products than the average
consumer does,” he pointed out.
“They must buy feed, seed, fertilizer, machinery, building
materials, and large quantities of petroleum to carry out
their basic work in addition to most of the products that other
consumers buy,” he said.
Goddard noted that shortages in varying degrees are
showing up in almost all farm supply commodity lines.
Agway, with headquarters in DeWitt, is a farm supply and
food marketing business owned by 111,000 farmers in 12
“The brightest note in the outlook is in livestock feeds.
Supplies are expected to be adequate,’’ Goddard said, “but
spot shortages may develop, and prices are likely to average
somewhat higher than last year.”
He added that fertilizer shortages have already been
forecast for both nitrogen and phosphate. Nitrogen supplies
are expected to fall considerably short of demand, and he
termed estimated phosphate shortages “substantial.” The
shortages result from a combination of fertilizer exports and
increased demand from additional cropland being put into
“Farmers will also face shortages of aluminum, steel,
baler twine, and petroleum-based products such as asphalt
9:30 a. m. to 3:15 p. m.
SNOW DATE: FEBRUARY 6, 1974
Secretary of Environmental Resources
John W. Eshelman & Sons
New Holland Supply Co,
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, Feb. 2,1974
Greater demand for such products and limitations in raw
materials and energy for manufacturing have contributed to
“Petroleum Is another critical area for fanners,” Goddard
said. “Supplies of vital fuels-gasoline, propane, and diesel
and heating oil-are low at the venr time farmers need extra
fuel to plant and harvest expanded acreage.”
All these factors tend to put upward pressure on tarm
production costs, Goddard said.
“Farmers will have to receive more for their products in
order to cover their higher costs. The increases will have to
be passed on to the consumer in the same way industry
passes on its added costs. This will mean higher prices for
many food items,” the Agway executive predicted.
“Our standard of living has been geared to seemingly
endless supplies of energy, surpluses of low-cost food and a
vast selection of goods and services,” Goddard said. “Now
things have changed.”
“If there is one thing to be learned from recent events, it is
that we must become a nation of conservers, not just a nation
of users,” Goddard commented.
He concluded, “There is a limit to all natural resources,
including productive farmland, although I believe that if this
country had utilized all its resources as prudently as farmers
have managed the land, we would not be in the position we
find ourselves today.”
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