Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 17, 1981, Image 127

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    BY CURTHARLER
CARLISLE - The new
Reagan administration will
bring a flock of fresh ideas
and different outlooks to
Washington before the
month is out
National Master Edward
Andersen has a special
farm-oriented view on
Potomac affairs from
Grange headquarters on H
Street in the nation’s capital
He shared some thoughts
and predictions with Lan
caster Farming in an ex
clusive interview last
Saturday
Inflation is the number one
issue on the Grange’s 1981
policy list and Andersen said
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at
he feels the nation will see an fault for not being suf
admuustration pledged to ficiently organized, An
control inflation dersen said But, he added, it
Agriculture has been hit is a nation-wide problem for
especially hard in recent all industries and will have
Supply and demand will be in
years because of inflation,
Andersen pointed out
Farmers have a high cash
input on their operations and
that usually means they
borrow a lot of money
Current mterest rates are
the highest ever But far
mers are unable to pass the
added costs along to con
sumers
It’s partly the farmer’s
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to be solved with help from
strong leadership
Leadership was the reason
Andersen was in Penn
sylvania. He was one of a
number of top-line speakers
who addressed Grange
members from the Nor
theast at their annual
leadership conference
Commenting on the new
leadership team in
1981
Edward Andersen
Washington, Andersen noted
the Reagan team is likely to
be more free-enterpnse
oriented than Carter’s
cabinet. "Supply and
demand will be in,” he
predicted.
Coupled with a strong
leaning toward building
foreign markets for
agricultural products,
Andersen said he sees better
opportunity for farmers to
make profits.
‘There will be less
government in agriculture
and in our everyday life,”
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Andersen said, referring to
such government agencies
as OSHA and the En
vironmental Protection
Agency
Long the target of Grange
policy, the absence of
government meddling in
farm affairs will not be
missed by this Waterloo,
Nebraska farmer nor many
of the Grange’s members.
USDA will be less con
sumer-oriented, he
predicted.
While there still will be a
number of consumer-type
programs, Andersen said he
does not expect to have
consumerism to the degree
that it existed in the Carter
Administration.
•‘Consumers still are the
majority of voters,” he
adimtted, "but we don’t see
them as deserving special
attention at farmers’ ex
pense.”
He said he feels both
Reagan and his nominee for
Agriculture Secretary, John
R. Block, will move the
Agriculture Department
back toward farmers.
Nevertheless, Andersen
admitted both he and most of
the other farm organization
Embargo all commodities, not just food
leaders in Washington were
surprised by Block’s
statement that he would use
gram as a weapon for
foreign policy.
“We were surprised he
said it in so many words,”
Andersen explained “But at
least Block is willing to
admit it.”
Using food as a weapon is
nothing new, although! it
usually is called something
else to keep farmers calm
Generally it takes the form
of an embargo, and they
make farm groups unhappy.
Grange policy opposes
embargoes unless they are
for reasons of national
defense.
“We would support the
current embargo if it were
on all goods,” Andersen
said. “It is better than any
other way, short of war, of
telling the Russians we don’t
like what they did in
Afghanistan.”
What upsets Andersen is
that the United States last
month allowed Russia to
purchase several millions of
dollars worth of pipe-laying
equipment.
“That is absolutely
wrong,” Andersen said,
adding that if the purpose of
an embargo is to hurt the
other side then the embargo
should cut across all com
modities, not just food.
Reagan has said he will lift
the embargo to Russia. But,
Andersen pointed out, he did
not say when he would lift it.
“If the embargo were not
m place today the only
commodity Russia could get
would be wheat,” Andersen
said. Soybeans and feed
grains would be unavailable
because of a lack of supply.
Andersen maintained the
embargo has had no effect
on gram pnces since July
when the impact of the
nationwide drought first was
felt.
“If it were not for the gram
reserve we have now, with
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