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State Farm Bureau Presents Views.
Recommendations to Food Committee
A Comprehensive statement of last week in the prosecution of
farm problems with recommenda- their investigation. Rep. Hal
tions for their solution has been holmes is a member of the com
prepared by the Washington State mitgtee. Following is the ““9
Farm Bureau. The statement was me E .
This statement is general in
prepared for the benefit of the character, since it is our under
recently appointed food investigate standing that Dr. Robert Prior,
tion committee of which Rep. Manager of the Washington State
Clinton Anderson, newly appoint- Dairy Products Commission, has
ed Secretary of Agriculture, is been invited to submit a detailed
chairman. statement on dairy and poultry
The committee was in this area production problems, and others
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FRED: “Is it true, Judge. that a war can’t a more human role. The medical supplies
be won without the use of war-alcohol . . . which our military doctors use to alleviate
, the kind the beverage distillers have been pain. combat infection, save lives are pre
. producing for the government for over pared with war-alcohol.” A
a" .
two years“ FRED: “No wonder, then, more and more
OLD JUDGE: “That’s right, Fred. It is a people are recognizing the great contribu
; basic ingredient in the smokeless powder tion cur beverage distillers have made to
; usedinvirtually every firm fromapistol the winning of the war with their double
} to a 3.6-inch gun. And. in addition. it plays duty product." _
will submit other comatodity
The most serious farm product
tion problem is the lack of ex;
perienced farm labor. The State
of Washington is so situated that
there was hardly a locality which
did not have an airport. shipyard.
light-metals plant, or airplane.
The high wage rate established
in these plants with the forty-hour
week, along with the early draft
ing of farm workers took a heavy
toll of experienced farm workers.
Before we w ere able to get recog
nition of these factors, farmers
had lost a large percentage or ex-“
perienced milkers and other ex
perienced help, so essential to this
state’s mechanized agriculture.
The bringing in of Mexican Nat
ionals has been a Godsend to the
farmers and has to a large extent
met the unskilled worker need.
We have only the highest of
praise for the excellent coopera
tion given farmers by the county
agents, the State Agricultural Col
lege Extension workers and Ex
periment Station staffs, as well as
the State and County War Boards,
the War Food Administration, lo
cal Draft Board members and
many other agencies. The one
exception has been the CPA. We
believe their inability to deal with
agricultural problems has been
dueto alarge degree taotoomanyl
non-agriculturally trained and in
experienced people being given
jurisdiction for farm pricing, and
to lack of centralization of author
ity. The division of authority be
tween OPA and WFA has been
unsound in our opinion.
The fact that prices could not be
raised to make needed adjust
ments caused serious repercus
sions. The subsidy method is un
sound but has given the producer
in most cases sufficient income to
operate. We attribute many sales
of dairy cows during the past
six months to the future uncer
tainties of price and experienced
labor supply. The producer has
no assurance that prices will be
permitted to rise to a fair level,
and he knows that subsidy funds
at best, are uncertain and subject
to the whims of politics and many
other conditions beyond his con
trol. Many old established poul
try producers have also hesitated
and are not operating at capacity.
An excellent extmple of uncer
tainty is the government feed pro
gram. The Pacific North West is
the only area where feed wheat
is now being subsidized. How
long will it continue here? It has
been on and off at different levels
since its inception. If it is dis
continued here, wheat feeds will
take its place? How can poultry
and dairy feeders plan ahead un
;der this situation? _
Daylight Savings or War Time
Daylight Savings. or War Time
has been an uncalled for burden
wartime labor conditions. Most of
Washington, but especially West
ern Washington, has heavy dews,
and often fogs. This means that
in the morning. It is better to start
later and work later in the even
ing. Many farmers estimate at
least a°lo per cent loss of hired
etiiciency from this issue olone.
Calling Prices
Ceiling prices have tended to
remove competition in the dis
tribution of farm corunodities.
Bay is a good illustration. Deal
er margins are larger than ever.
Ceiling prices have been estab
lished with inadequate considera
tion to production costs, and the
historical price relationships he
tween the grades. with the result
that timothy and mixed hay
growers have been penalized.
Producers suffer because of arbi
trary rules. This could largely
be overcome by conferences be-
{ween iéfficiélsiind hay producers
and feeders. , _ _-__
Another illustration: Milk re
tails in Portland, Oregon, for 14¢
per quart and 13c in Seattle.
Farm labor costs are higher in the
State of Washington that any
other state in the Union. Weath
er and climate factors are al
most identical between the two
cities.. If OPA would permit milk
in Seattle and other Washington
cities to rise to the Portland level
and permit corresponding in
creases to producers, it would
solve one important part of this
state’s dairy problems. The un
fair relationship between butter
points and those on butter imita
tions should be adjusted. In ad'-
dition, the butter roll-back should
be removed and the butter price
permitted to rise on a gradual
basis to reflect a fair price in the
market place without subsidy.
Support prices on eggs without
regard to .quality is unsound and
should be changed to increase the
support prices on graded quality
eggs reduce it on ungraded.
: l. The entire farm commodity
ceiling-subsidy method of pricing
should be reviewed with a view
to working out a program to re
move subsidies and restore “price
in the market place following the
2. Experienced milkers and ex
perienced farm machinery opera
tors nver thirty years of age
should be released from military
service at once, and no more of
these should be drafted.
3. Supplies of machinery parts,
truck tires, and trucks should be
increased, and also new tractor
‘tools such as cultivators, side de-l
livery rakes, silage cutters, mow
ers, plows, etc.
4. At lease one forty-ton ear
load of cyanamide to defoliate
seed potato vines in Whatcom
county should be made available
by September 1.
5. Congress should immediately
repeal the Daylight Savings or
War Time. ' .
6. The Feed Wheat Program
should be continued for at least
a year or uneil Cingress can enact.
a wheat Income-certificate plani
which would permit wheat for
petition with other reed grains
and still bring full parity for
wheat used for human feed.
7. Definite plans should be de
veloped for permitting Steagall
Amendment crops to readjust to
postwar demand levels while price
supports are still in effect.
8. Overlapping of functions of
government agencies dealing with
agricultlre should be eliminated.
Buy Another Bond Today
Auto Ilse Stamp
Is Now on Sale
The new federal auto use tax
stamp, which every privately
owned motor vehicle on the high
ways July 1 is required to dis
play, differs in several respect:
from those issued heretofore.
This $5.00 stamp, which went
on sale Saturday, June 9. at all
post offices and most internal nev
enue offices, is the first to bear
a portrait and the first printed in
a two.tone color, green.
The portrait is of Daniel Man
ning. Asaresuitofitsuse,the
design is such that the long di
mension of the stamp is horizon
tal instead of vertical, as were
all previous auto stamps. Man-l
ning was Secretary of the Tneas-p
ury in President Cleveland's first;
cabinet. Hiswasnextinlinein;
the series of secretaries‘ portraits
used on revenue stamps. 1
The law requires not only thati
stamps be purchased but that they‘
be prominentLv displayed on ve
hicles. The lower right-hand cor-‘
ner oi the windshield has been
designated by the Washington}
State Patrol as the phoper place;
t°_af_fix 3939 M _ _ _ A 1
Internal Revenue Collector
Clark Squire suggested that when
affixing his stamp the vehicle
owner dampen the windshield in
stead of the adhesive side of the
stamp. He said it is advisable to
r! M”k
Only ”GRADE [l‘
t '5 SAFE -
It Protects Your Family’s Health!
Your Assurance of
State-Approved PURE Milk
Before You Buy 100/r at the (up for Grade A
cover it with one of the protective
adhesive shields offered by ser
vice stations. Owners are urged
to write the make and model of
car. engine number and license
number on the reverse side of the
stamp and to make a record of the
serial number.
Buy Another Bond
Library Notes
The summer installment of Car
negie International Mind Alcove
books has arrived and is most
timely. The Four Fears, by Elbert
D. Thomas, should be read by ev
eryonewho wishes to clarify his
ideas as to the meaning and pur
‘pose of the San Francisco Con
ference (now being held) and of
others that will follow.
Solution In Asia, by Owen Lat
timone, clearly states the situa
tion confronting the allied nations
in Asia.
The making of Holland. by A.
J. Barnouw, is a story of inde
pendence. and power and of sturdy
democracy not to be overlooked
because its ruler bears the title
of Queen.
Cocks and Bulls In Caracas, by
Olga Brioeno, is full of happy
revelations about life in Vene
zuela, a country about which we
all know too little.
Among other new books recent
ly received-at the library are two
of especial interest: Wesward The
Women, by Nancy Wilson Ross.
a story of real pioneering in the
West. and A Description of United
States Postage Stamps From 1847-
1945, with illustrations and de
scriptions of each stamp issued
during that time.
For those who sew. The Com
plete Book of Sewing, by Con
stance Talbot is a valuable guide
for beginners as well as for ex
perts. It contains over 750 ex
planatory pictures. and gives
short cuts in making and altering
clothes and sewing tor the home.
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