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WASHINGTON, I). C—Another step
toward revision of Federal beef grades comes up on Nov. 11. Americas National Cattlemen's Association has scheduled an im portant meeting on that date in Kansas City. Invited to attend are representatives of all segments of the beef Industry and the Agricul tare department. The beef leaders will discuss USDA proposals for changes in grading prac tice« which have been quietly circulat ' ing through the industry for study for more than a year. The heart of the new suggestions is the thought that con sumers want less fat in top grades. The last revision of Federal beef grades was a decade ago, and there have been a lot of changes since then in the average consumer's attitude to ward foods and fats. The Kansas City meeting may well produce some in dustry recommendations to back up USDA's suggestions for grading changes. ALLOTMENT PROTECTION A new law now offers acreage history protection for folks who have land under Conservation Re serve or Great Plains Program contracts. In the past, the acreage allotment planting history on lands under con tract in these programs was protected only for the life of the contract. After that, failure to use the allotments could have led to cuts in future allotments. The new law gives absolute protec tion of allotment history for double the period of the contract. In other words, if you have wheat allotment land under a 5-year CR contract, the allotment history is now protected for 10 years from the beginning of the contract. i k * A % 'A A V' "A / October 1 to 18 By OSCAR L. MOLDENHAVER A WIDE VARIETY of weather is indicated for Montana and northern Wyoming during this forecast period. Three moderate storm periods are likely to release beneficial amounts of rain .and possibly snow over prac tically all of this region. Storm-precipitation activity should take a notice able upturn between October 10 and 20 but may drop off temporarily there after for the remainder of the month. Excessive cold, wet and stormy weather will return early in November, however, and give the northern Plains and Rocky Mountain states an early taste of winter. Livestock growers and farmers will be wise to prepare for some ad verse weather a little earlier this year than usual. There is a good chance of OCTOBER PRECIPITATION - TEMPERATURE MAP 7 North Central MONTANA Northeastern Western Division^ 1.691&L u . , 1.60 Jf* A T * Hat. 44. 8 ° A Ut - 45° t A T. 430 U - N.J- r "k R P. 0.66 0.75 45.7° t p. R P. 0.69 0.65 N. A. T. 45.9° EAT. 46° RP. I E P. E P. rO' Central y 0.90 0.95 N. A T. 46.2° N. P. E P. Southeastern EAT. 45° N. P. 0.93 \j T W* °; 9 ° N. P. 1.13 VN. A T. 47.8 W ) E P. 1.20 A- T. 48° H RAT. 47.9° I E A. T. 47 Ô ^3 \ Southwestern . N.P. 0.99 . t P. 1.00 r RAT. 43.4° V. E AT. 43° ^C^H ^ X WYOMING A ^"'Drainage N.P. 1.03 EP. 1.00 /MAT. 47.3° .X*x LEGEND IL P.—Normal precipitation. E. P.—Expected precipitation. 1.08 1.10 N.AT. 44.8° O EAT. 45° R P. > E P. West r* ef 48° Divide N-P. 1 ,3©v d. EP. 1,26 Fw N.AT.41.4% AT. 42* X R P. 1 o09 lo00 Ä RAT, 46.1° P Pra in og e EAT. 46® average E. A. T.—Expe c ted average temp era E P. Keeping in Touch With Washington Federal Beef Grade Changes on Docket SIMILAR SOLUTIONS Vice President Nixon's campaign proposal to turn surplus grains into ^ meat, milk, and eggs for donation to needy people underlines the slm- ' llarity between Democratic and Republican promises in the food use field. Differences between the aims of the two parties on price supports and pro duction controls are considerable. But when it comes to methods of disposing of the surpluses we already have, there's a remarkable similarity. In brief, the GOP presidential nomi nee now says be is for an expanded Food-for-Peace program, creation of a series of emergency food stockpiles near major population centers, an ex panded "payment-in-kind" land retire ment program, and "urgent study" of plans for converting surplus grain into protein foods for gifts to the needy at home and abroad. The Democrats use slightly different language and don't put quite as much emphasis on land retirement, but in general they've endorsed the same food disposal methods Nixon is now advo cating. Some Democrats, in fact, are complaining loudly that Nixon is try ing to run on a Democratic platform in these particular fields. Most interesting of the Nixon pro posals is the suggestion that grain sur pluses be whittled away by converting them into protein foods which the gov ernment would buy up for giveaway programs. If carried out on a large scale, this could be tremendously ex pensive. But unless the government were willing to sink large sums into the program, most livestock producers might not be willing to expand too far for fear of collapsing prices. GOOD-WILL BUILDER Agriculture Secretary Ezra T. Benson will probably make himself pretty scarce around Washington after the November elections. Benson, the travclingest man in the cabinet, plans another set of far-and wide tours after the political campaigns are over. Probable destinations include Latin America and Some Pacific and Asian areas. These trips, like past Benson tours, will be billed as a combination of good will promotion and visits to step up overseas sales of American farm products. STILBESTROL IN RATS Another warning flag about fu ture scientific probing into the use of stilbestrol in livestock feeds was hoisted In New York recently. A Kansas biochemist. Prof. Anthony W. Gawienowski, reported to the American Chemical Society that he had injected stilbestrol into the hind leg muscles of young rats. When the rats were slaughtered, he found traces of stilbestrol breakdown products in the body tissues of the rats. There appears to be no need to fear that this lone experimental report 9? 44 light snow in some of the farming regions of this forecast area around October 12-13 and 18-19. November, of course, is expected to have the peak of autumn storm activity and may have frequent storms and cold spells during the month. Four cool spells, some quite vigorous, are indicated to cover this region during this forecast period. There will be a few brief periods of slightly weather, too, but warm days will be scarcer than usual through warm October 25. The lowest temperatures of the month are expected between October 13 and 25. Precipitation: Normal or above. Temperatures: Average below normal. These miniature weather maps are designed to give you a quick, easy-to read forecast of approximately when certain kinds of weather may occur, but the actual occurrence may be occasionally as much as two or three days early or late. With these variations, the map forecast should prove correct at least three times out of four. MHOCÏ 7 S VERY COOL JUE OCT 4 LQ N OCT 3 ss 1? VERY COOL TRY COOL :• .VERY \COOL £: :ry cool ÂÎÉÂ3 y. V \ m oci 7 THU OCT 6 AI OCT a Q COOL COOL WARM WARMER A* J. ARMER WARM COOL A \ • • e e IUL sm n 14 3. WMiZ 4e • <; G0 ç£ ;ool MOD.. RM \ tMER I WARMER ■W OCT 13 JK * VLy^lYCOOL % ARM fBI OCT 14 . ^ SLIGHTLY COLD \L u & iC. % WARMER c !Y COOI ARMER . V* LEGEND m El $h«w.rv m eiw rt at Major dorm; o sporty pr ociprt stieo. ita4ptaopdtttoe. Snowstorm; m o doroto Ï p/v nf ? flatten. FT ■mm □ A&J activity; wkiaipffMl. &: iJ f •* threatens the use of stilbestrol In live stock. Government officials have told ns that stilbestrol is still approved for feeding because under present practices the hormone-like substance—which can cause cancer in some lab animals— leaves NO residue in beef as far as sci entists have been able to discover. Prof. Gawienowski, however, says his ex periments apparently reopen this ques tion for further study. It has been pointed out, incidentally, that the method the Kansan used in hiSr -experiment was entirely different "from the methods used to give stilbes trol to food animals. His dosages, for instance, were 100 times as great as the dosages used in beef cattle and the method of administering the hormone was entirely different. bon ci STUDY SUGAR SOURCES USDA sugar officials were quietly to to work study preparing go of considerable importance to all sugar beet growers—and to would be growers who are plugging hard for expanded beet acreage. The House Agriculture Committee, which will write another new sugar hill next year, has asked USDA for a factual report on what sugar supplies are available. The committee wants a rundown on how much sugar can be obtained in the future, both from for eign sources and expanded domestic production. It's believed the report will show that domestic beet production can be ex panded about 10 per cent with present processing facilities. Further expan sion would depend on congressional guarantees of extra acreage over a fairly long period so as to encourage private investors to build additional processing plants.