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Discontent with present programs Is extreme, say farm leaders. The figures tell w hy. Farm price supports since 1952, says a recent House report, have gone down an average of 20 per cent. Acreage of basic crops has been reduced an equal percentage by stringent allotments and quota controls. Farm costs are up 10 per cent. While income of the urban popula tion has climbed more than 12 per cent, the report goes on, farm income has declined 20 per cent and more. The result is mounting pressure to try something new. Hearings on Capitol Hill appear to justify the proposition that past price policy has helped knock the props out from under demand and put the farm er in a strait-jacket. Agriculture Secre tary Benson's solution is lower sup ports, which eventually, he insists, will create demand and bring the farmer more income. Secretary Benson's suggestion has been met with resounding silence from Republicans in Congress and outraged cries from Democrats. All hands agree that acreage con trols should be fewer, market prices lower in order to build demand. Prob lem is how, at the same time, to main tain producer returns. Two approaches have been written into various bills in troduced recently on Capitol Hill. First, the domestic parity or two price plan. Several versions of this approach are now in bill form. The idea is to build blended price floors from a combination of high domestic guarantees and the world price for that part of a crop which is exported. Wheat, rice and cotton are among commodi ties being seriously considered for the two-price treatment. Second, the direct-payment plan. The idea is to allow market prices to go where they will, but maintain producer guarantees through Treasury payments. Advocates of both two-pricing and direct payments are out to maintain high grower guarantees. But they dif fer on how to go about achieving it. Advocates of direct payments, general ly speaking, would saddle the taxpayer with price support costs; two-pricers, on the other hand, tend to put the bur den on the consumer. FEED REPORT A feed and livestock report from USDA, due to reach Capitol Hill by July 15, is being billed as most comprehensive study of its kind ever made. Prepared by a 15-man department task force, the report will (1) review current livestock problems; (2) in clude 5-year and 20-year projections of the feed-livestock picture, and (3) lyze several alternative government programs. The department analysis is expected to point up the desire of top officials to remove corn from the list of "basic" crops . . . treat it just like other feed grains. The study is being directed by Dr. F. V. Waugh, head of USDA's Di ana vision of Agricultural Economics. FLOOD INSURANCE Remember that flood insurance law? Congress approved, last year, a comprehensive program provid ing coverage up to $10,000 on single farm dwellings, up to $250,000 on a farm or business property. The government was to bear admin istration costs and subsidize premiums up to 40 per cent. Private insurance firms were to sell and service poli cies. Details had been worked out by a new Washington agency, and poli cies were to be offered farmers late this spring or early summer. Then the economy wave washed over Capitol Hill. Result; No funds to start the program, despite expenditures already made to set it up. You cannot now count on flood in surance until at least next spring and perhaps later. GAS TAX REFUNDS Gas tax refunds to farmers will be more important this year. The federal tax on gas has gone up from 2 cents to 3 cents per gallon. You must ask for a refund, in order to get it. File your claim on In ternal Revenue Service Form 2240, available at the county agent's of fice or many banks and postoffices. Claims may be filed starting on July 1, but not later than Sept. 30. The law now exempts farmers from federal gas tax on fuel used for farm produc tion purposes. Refunds to more than a million farm ers averaged $20 each last year , . . will be considerably higher this year. For details, get Internal Revenue s newly revised booklet, "Farmer s Gas Tax Refund Guide." MONTANA VOTES QUOTAS Predictions that wheat growers, this year, would turn down market ing quotas on the '58 crop turned out to be way off the mark. Preliminary figures (which won't change much) showed that more than 83 per cent of voting growers approved quotas. The comparable percentage last year was 87.4 per cent; the year before that, 77.3 per cent. Of eligible Montana voters, 93.7 per cent favored quotas on next year's crop, according to the preliminary fig ures. SMALL PROJECTS ACT Local, state groups can now go ahead with irrigation work under the Small Reclamation Projects Act. The law has been amended to meet objections raised by the Pres ident when he signed the act last August. Conservation groups in Western states, including Montana, may obtain through regional reclamation offices (1) federal loans at about 3 per cent interest or less for irrigation projects costing no more than $10 million; (2) outright federal grants of up to $5 million for works that benefit the pub lic, such as flood control, fish and wildlife development. Maximum federal loan will be $5 million, minus the local contribution. Money may be had either for a new irrigation project, or to improve an existing one. Address of Region 6 of the Bureau of Reclamation is P.O. Box 2553, Billings, Montana.