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AlO-Lancttter Faming, Saturday, May 1, 1993 OPINION Out Of Control In an article from The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, Keith Epstein reports that: You can pour it on your baby carrots and romaine, but don’t try moving salad oil by truck or train - the government says that’s hazardous. * “As hazardous as petroleum,” complains Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind. “It just makes no sense.” The Department of Transportation was only following instructions. “An interpretation of the Oil Pollution Act,” explains spokeswoman Patricia Klinger. Four years ago, after the Exxon Valdez fouled the Alaskan coastline, Congress ordered the agency to safeguard the envi ronment from large spills of “volatile, highly toxic and some times frightening hazardous materials.” Such as? “Oil of any kind,” the legislation said. Bureaucrats hungry for - well, something a little more pre cise - turned to a definition of oil by the Environmental Protec tion Agency: Anything that causes “a film or sheen upon ... water.” An average citizen doesn’t have to pore over scores of pages of government documents to figure that one out. It means, besides Seven Seas or Newman’s Own: Coconut oil, whole milk, cocoa butter, and even sun tan cream. As a result, the government now wants large shipments of such products to include expensive anti-spill packaging, label ing for emergency response teams and disaster plans. And all those requirements could mean slightly higher costs to - well, guess who? “Inappropriate and illogical,” objects Robert Dietz, a lawyer for producers of vegetable oils. “Overly legalistic,” rails Lugar, who predicts Indiana and Ohio soybean fanners will be hit even harder than consumers. “Good intentions run amok,” observes M.J. Fiocco, a lob byist for companies that ship goods by train and truck. “I just don’t think Congress was worried about a spill of salad oil.” Tossed into the fray, bureaucrats at the Transportation Department agency that did the deed have fielded more than 100 complaints, including letters from 30 members of Congress. The complaints point out, among other things, that vegetable oils never hurt anyone, nor caused significant environmental harm. Before reversing anything, DOT’S Research and Special Projects Administration must hold a public hearing. On May 13 the agency will “gather additional information,” spokeswoman Klinger confirmed. “Everybody agrees that after Prince William Sound we have to protect the environment from petroleum and other harmful products,” says Fiocco. “But foodstuffs? It defies common sense. Things got a bit out of control.” 7 - F _ Fann Calendar State College Lion Country Pony Club Ride-A-Thon, Grange Home Horticulture Seminar, Espa liers; The Mystery Explained, Farm and Home Center, lean- ing School, Hidden Meadow Farm, Souderton, 5 p.m.-8:30 Voluntary SE Reduction Program, Lancaster Farm and Home Cen ter, 1:30 p.m. Poultry Assoc. Home Economics Teacher meeting, Olde Hickory Inn. Lancaster. 5:30 p.m. l ii(la\, Ma\ 7 Hereford Breed Sale. Dairy Pavi lion. New York State Fairgrounds. Western Pa. Sheep and Club Lamb Sale, Mercer Co. 4-H Park, Mercer, 6 p.m. Beef Field Day, Clair and Susan M(iihl.i\, M.n 10 [ \\ tdiu sd.i\, M.i\ 12 Atlantic Dairy Co-op 36th Eastern Member Relations .Conference, To Clean Fan Louvers This past week I had the oppor tunity to visit several poultry farms to check ventilation fans in prepa ration for the upcoming summer heat. What we observed was many dirty fan louvers reducing the amount of air the fan could move. On one farm, the farmer had spent the day before cleaning five of his 26 fans. The clean fans were mov ing more than 24,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per fan compared to 7,000 cfm for the dirty fans. Based on this farm, the farmer needed more than three dirty fans to do the job of one clean fan. This was costing him extra electricity now, but this summer, these dirty fans will cause increased mortality and decreased egg production. To gain the most from your fans, you need to clean the louvers at least once a week. The first key to success in raising confinement ani mals is proper ventilation. The fans are the heart of your ventilation system. By keeping them operating at top perfor mance, you are now able to work on achieving top performance from your animals. Make cleaning fan louvers a regular job on your farm. Other wise. you are letting dirt eat money right out of your wallet. To Protect Sinkholes Jeffrey Stoltzfus, extension agent-nutrient management, reminds us sinkholes are environ mentally sensitive areas that need to be treated with care. Sinkholes are depressions that occur in areas underlain by carbo nate rock, such as limestone or dolomite. As water passes through Asian Persimmons, Dwarf Cit rus, Kiwi and Other Unusual Edibles. Farm and Home Cen ter, Lancaster, 7 p,m.-9:30 p.m. Ag Issues Forum, Kreider’s Restaurant, Manheim, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Mid-Atlantic Arabian Horse Show, Horse Park of N J., thru Mav 16. Managing Succession and Conti nuation In the Family Business, Alderfer Auction Center, Hat field, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. National Dairy Promotion and Research Board annual meet ing. Park Hyatt, Washington, D.C., thru Mav 20. cracks or fractures in the bedrock, the carbonate bedrock is gradually dissolved until the openings become large enough for soil to settle into the hole. Since the soil in the bottom of sinkholes is often thin, it provides little filtering of surface water entering the sinkhole. Contami nated water that enters sinkholes will enter the groundwater very quickly and could contaminate wells and springs in a large area. Minimize the damage from a sinkhole by keeping the following things in mind: • Do not use sinkholes as dump ing sites. The rain water and drain age that flows through trash filled sinkholes carries contaminants directly in the groundwater. • Never dump water from spray tanks or any other hazardous liq uids into sinkholes. • Keep the area around sink holes planted in grasses. This buf fer of vegetation will help filter runoff. By voluntarily following good stewardship practices, you will help reduce government rules and regulations and possibly keep yourself out of serious fines and lawsuits. j Bl LAvVKINtf W ALIHOUbI "saw FIRST, THE WATER May 2,1993 Background Scripture: John 1:19-34. Devotional Reading: John 1:35-42. When I was a boy during World War 11. I began to build a lot of models of airplanes being used by the Allied forces. Notice, I said I “began”—l said nothing about finishing these models. My prob lem was that I was impatient and wanted to get to the completed model too quickly. I didn’t want to take the time to fool with all the details and wait for the glue on all those small pieces to dry. Today. I suppose you might try to cover my impatience with the term “results oriented.” Yes, I was more interested in the finished product than all the stages in between starting and finishing. But, just as no clever arrangement of bad eggs can make a good omelette, there’s no way to excuse my desire to get results without working and waiting for them. The fact is that results are usually made up of those little details like putting piece to piece. So in our spiritual lives too: very often, we cannot see the desired outcome unless we are willing to work patiently. We all want to be instant saints and natural mystics. PREPARING FOR FIREWORKS In 1990 I attended the ISOth anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania (if I may insert with some pride, the nation’s oldest university!). One of the highlights was a concert of Handel’s Fire works Suite and a fireworks dis play on the steps of the Philadel phia Museum overlooking the city of Philadelphia. The fireworks were the most spectacular we have ever seen and it was one of those enchanted evenings. Later, how ever, we heard about all the prepa ration that went into our “enchanted evening” and, if you have ever seen anyone set up a fireworks display, you know it is painstaking, intricate work. So, no matter how spiritual enchantment occurs in our lives. To Improve Herbicide Effectiveness The effectiveness of a weed control program may be improved by following five easy steps: 1. Match the control program, including the herbicide, to the weed problems in the field. 2. Plant and apply pre emergence herbicides as soon after the last tillage operation as possi ble. Many herbicides are only effective on germinating seeds and will not control weeds after they have germinated. 3 Use a rotary hoe or spike tooth harrow to incorporate herbi cides if rain is not received within 5 to 7 days after application of the herbicide. 4. Take advantage of cultiva tion to control escape weeds whenever possible. 5. Develop realistic goals for the weed control program. Crops will tolerate some weeds with little ar no impact on yields. However, watch for escape weeds which aould become problems in the future. Feather Profs Footnote: "Many new ideas are simply clev er adaptations of old ideas." Thomas Edison you can be assured that it is almost always preceded by some kind of mundane preparation, conscious or unconscious. The Holy Spirit very often only comes when we have first prepared ourselves with a baptism of water. I am speaking figuratively, of course. I do not mean actual water must precede the Holy Spirit, but what water symbolizes, penitent preparation and receptivity. According to the Baptist, this was his mission, to prepare people for the coming of Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “I myself did not know him,” said John, “but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to IsraeL.he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit” (John 1:31, 33b). (Also, I am using Holy Spirit “Baptism” in its broader historical and orthodox Christian conotation, rather than in the more current and narrow” charismatic” sense). skj PREPARE THE WAY You and I cannot give someone the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but we can help them to prepare to receive the Christ into their hearts and lives add the Holy Spirit fol lows. Just as John was sent to pre pare people for Jesus, so we are sent by God to do the very same thing, even though our methods may considerably differ. John came preaching in the wilderness; most of us will need instead to witness, in the marketplace. What ever we do and however we do it, our purpose is the same as his; “that he might be revealed...” John’s confession is as timely today for us as it was in his own day: “And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God” (1:34). That’s all we are called to do and that’s all we can do. If we “prepare the way,” it is up to God how to use our efforts for his purpose. He sends the Holy Spirit into people’s lives and hearts. But, first, the water...! Lancaster Farming Established 1955 Published Every Saturday Ephrata Review Building 1 E. Main St. Ephrata. PA 17522 by Lancaster Farming, Inc. A SWmn Entmtpri— Robert C. Campbell General Manager Evens R. Nawmangar Managing Editor Copyriahl 1H) by Unomar Farmin'