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Kline Succeeds O'Neal
As Farm Bureau Head Allan B. Kline, farmer of Vinton, la., was elected president of the American Farm Bureau federation at the 29th annual convention held Dec. 14-18 at Chicago. Kline succeeds Ed ward A. O'Neal, who resigned after 16 years in the office. Romeo E. Short, Little Rock, Ark., was elected vice president. State Farm Bureau Presidents Warren W. Hawley, Batavia, N. Y., and George M. Putnam, Concord, N. H., were re-elected to two-year terms on the AFBF board of directors by farm bureaus in the northeastern region. In the midwest area, Herman Praeger of Manhattan, Kan., was elected to replace Perry Green, Columbus, O. H. E. Slusher, Jeffer son City, Mo., was re-elected. In the southern region, Walter L. Randolph, Montgomery, Ala., and Louis Allen, Lexington, Ky., were elected to succeed Ransom Aldrich, Jackson, Miss., and Romeo E. Short, Brinkley, Ark., whose terms expired. Re-elected by the western region were George H. Wilson, Clarksburg, Calif., and Ralph T. Gillespie, Pull man, Wash. The 1948 convention has been scheduled for Atlantic City, N. J. In resolutions adopted, the Farm Bureau urged congress to increase peace time supports for farm prod ucts to 60 to 90 percent higher than prewar levels, to include a "moving average price index" of the last 10 years in computing the parity price and that parity payments be made regardless of whether farmers ad here to government quotas. In other resolutions the bureau urged promotion of international co operation and trade and supported the principle of reciprocal trade agreements. It recommended the continuance of such agricultural agencies as the soil conservation service, agricultural adjustment ad ministration and Commodity Credit Corp., but stressed the necessity for co-ordination of such agencies to prevent overlapping. The bureau went on record as op posing general reduction of income taxes at this time, but recommended some modifications. It opposed re imposition of price control and ra tioning, recommending inflation con trol through attention to monetary, fiscal and credit policies of the na tion. Regarding co-operatives, the bureau declared them an important part of the private enterprise system and termed the tax question as merely a cover under which to at tack the principles of farmer co operation." Approximately 5,000 farm people from 45 states attended the meeting. Secretary Wilfred Shaw said the membership was 1,275,180. Dates to Note Jan. 9 —Public hearing to secure evidence for use in establishing wage rates and prices for the 1948 sugar beet crop, Billings. Jan. 15—Deadline for filing original or amended declarations of esti mated income tax for 1947. Jan. 15-17 —Montana Woolgrowers association 47th annual conven tion, Butte. Jan. 22-24 —Montana certified potato and registered seed show, Kali spelL Feb. 1— Deadline for filing reports of performance under the 1947 ACA program. Feb. 23-28 —Second annual Montana Winter fair, Bozeman. Feb. 25 —First annual meeting Mon tana Hereford Association, Inc., Bozeman. 84 INVITATION TO LIVE-THIS WINTER 25 FT. 50 FT. 75 FT. 100 FT. 125 FT. 150 FT. 175 FT. 26 Q. * WIT CONCRETE aiFT.-k m DRY CONCRETE Braking Distances on Various Road Surfaces at 20 mph V i9 "• NO CHAINS FT. ***' 'CHAINS REAR WHEELS ON T 1 [* ü «*t* No 169 ft. i^'Nsîl LI 94 11/99, I STOP *t/» ; FT % r ° r f *tsT New winter accident facts, based on research by National Safety council, reveal alarming increase of skidding and poor visibility crashes during snowy, icy weather. Authorities urge equalized brakes, using tire chains, windshield wipers, defrosters, good lights and lower speeds to minimize the added seasonal hazards of inadequate stop-and-go traction on snow or ice and reduced visibility. Farmers Must File Tax Estimates by Jan. 15 THOMAS M. ROBINSON, collector of internal revenue for the district of Montana, announced that Jan. 15, 1948, is the deadline for filing orig inal or amended declarations of es timated tax for the calendar year 1947. Farmers or those taxpayèrs who receive at least two-thirds of their gross income from farming are given the privilege under the law of post poning filing their declarations un til not later than Jan. 15 of the fol lowing year instead of March 15 of the calendar year when other tax payers are required to file an esti mate. Even though an estimated return is filed on 1040 ES and the estimated tax paid by Jan. 15, 1948, a final re turn for 1947 on Form 1040 must still be filed on or before March 15, 1948. Farmers may save themselves the trouble of filing two returns, a dec laration of estimated tax on Jan. 15 and a final on March 15, if they file a final return for 1947 of Form 1040 and pay their tax in full on or be fore Jan. 15, 1948. Federal income tax blanks for 1947 have been mailed to farmers and they should arrange to file their estimated or final return by Jan. 15. White Sulphur Group Renames Officers All officers of the White Sulphur Springs Purebred Hereford associa tion were re-elected at the annual meeting held Dec. 20. Ross Higgins of Ringling is chairman and A. C. Grande of Lennep, secretary-treas urer, A. E. Peterson and Eaton Becker of Wilsall and Dan Mahoney of Townsend are directors. Plans for the spring sale were dis cussed and a committee appointed to investigate construction of a live stock pavilion. Members of the com mittee are Martin Olsen, chairman; Kenneth Fallang and E. R. Teague. Much of the annual loss of 300, 000,000 bushels of stored grains now worth more than $600,000,000 can be prevented by the application of sound insect control measures. Montana Seed Exhibits Rate High at Chicago THOUGH ONLY three counties, Carbon, Ravalli and Yellowstone, were represented, Montana exhibits at the International hay and grain show in Chicago made an excellent record. Almost every sample in the state booth placed and placed well. In the opinion of one observer, O. P. Roberts, Carbon county agent, the 1947 state exhibit was much su perior to that of 1946 and indicates the increasing appreciation of Mon tana's quality seed products. Montana placing included the re serve championship for wheat, won by Gene V. Peterson of Ravalli county, and seven firsts in the var ious classes. The complete list of placings is as follows: Hard red winter wheat—Gene V. Peterson, Ravalli county, first, and L. E. Peterson, Ravalli county, fourth. Hard red spring wheat—E. G. Brashear, Carbon county, second. White winter wheat— L. E. Peter son, fifth. Durum wheat— L. E. Pe terson, third. Trebi type barley—J. P. Wetstein, Carbon county, first, and L. E. Peterson, third. Six-row barley— L. E. Peterson, first. Black Hulless barley—Gene V. Peterson, first. Oats (Victory type)—Gene V. Pe terson, third. Red clover—Matt Brown, Carbon county, first, and Ed DeRudder, Carbon county, sec ond. Great Northern beans—Charles Weather Summarv United States Department of Commerce Weather Bureau Offiee, Helena. Montana Mean Temperature and Total Precipitations Period StaUoa December, 1941 n c si r* i B 2 a So H a A a a s t c I 5 K £* gs .S,; ®£ og Hi z B n ■ . E « g £ e £S » s Sh ai a * HH BlUlngS No. 3 31.7 —3.3 0.73 —0.01 13.03 —1.03 Bozeman Cut Bank Glasgow, Who 27.2 Glendive Great Palls,. 30.2 —5.9 1.11 +0.43 11.91 —2.29 .. . 27.4 —3.8 0.38 —0.23 10.67 —2.62 .... 27.8 —4.0 1.40 +0.95 13.89 +2.81 KalispeU ... 31.2 —1.2 1.22 —0.13 17.92 +4.34 Lewlstown .. 26 4 —6.4 0.89 +0 68 14.68 —1.18 Malta Missoula .... 30.2 —1.2 2.41 +1.51 13.90 +2.13 Poplar .. 26.8 —5.0 3.25 +2.25 23.19 + 6.14 26.0 —4.4 0.45 +0.14 12.84 +1.69 0.25 —0.25 14.71 +2.20 . 30.0 —1.2 Havre Helena 27.6 -+2.0 0.04 —0.37 12.45 —0.69 25.8 —2.8 0.81 +0.25 15.38 +2.90 Skorupa, first; DeRudder, second; Wetstein, third, and Frank Purcell, fourth, all of Carbon county. Two row barley—Gene V. Peterson, sec ond. Other field beans—Purcell, third. Timothy seed—Mueller, Yel lowstone county, second. Agricultural Agency Bulletins PERFORMANCE REPORTS DUE F^B. 1 ALTHOUGH the period for carry ing out conservation practices un der the 1947 agricultural conserva tion program ended Dec. 31, farm ers and ranchers have until Feb. 1 to file reports of performance, R. J. McKenna of Bozeman, PM A state committee chairman, announces. "This period of a month between the deadline for completing prac tices and the deadline for renorting is allowed to give all particinants in the program ample time to get in their reports," McKenna ex plained. "Many persons were busy right up to Dec. 31 comnleting prac tices and it is only fair that they he given a reasonable time to get their reports to the county office. A farm will not be eligible for a pay ment under the 1947 agricultural conservation unless port covering the conservation prac tices performed on the farm is sub mitted on or before Feb. 1." The performance report is the basis upon which an application for payment is prepared. For this rea son it should include all approved conservation practices carried out on the farm or ranch during the year. Certain practices, such as seeding pasture, snreadm" ferti lizer and eradicating weeds with chemical, earn payments based upon the quantity of material used or ex pense incurred. When practices of this type have been performed, tags, receipts or similar substantiating evidence must be attached to the report to aid in determining the payment earned. First Pure Seed Show Set at Kalispell THE FIRST Montana pure seed show, sponsored by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Kalispell Jan. 22, 23 and 24. The show is open to every Mon tana grower of registered seed or certified potatoes. All county agents have been sent copies of the pre mium list and can give seed grow ers particulars of the show. The event is being sponsored to give seed growers an opportunity to show their products and to empha size the value of pure seed. All seed entered must show a grade classification obtained from the Montana Seed Growers associa tion. To Share Dividend MORE THAN 3,200 Montana farmers and ranchers will share in a $176,000 (6 percent) dividend de clared as of Nov. 30, 1947, by the Federal Land Bank of Spokane, R. E. Brown, president, announced. Brown said approximately $39, 600 of the total dividend will be paid to the 19 local, co-operative national farm loan associations in Montana which make and service loans for the bank and which own $664,000 of the bank's capital stock. These 19 associations, in turn, will pass the dividend on to their 3,251 member-stockholders, retaining only a small portion needed to as sure a longtime, sound business operation.