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3E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FARMERS INDEPENDENT Wednesday April 10, 2002 BAGLEY, MINNESOI Pase ,. Rep. Ted Winter are now entering the flmrth year low commodity prices,and and economists alike are OVer when they might turn up ~s a family farmer myself, I price trends pretty ch)sely - a lot of farmers, I often wonder news that should send prices often has no effect on the a new report has come out that revealing light on hmg- trends. Complied by John analyst working for the Union and American Association, this study OVer the past 27 years Some conclusions that study. ; report, entitled "Key )f the U.S. Farm Sector," in 1999 and has been Year since. Some of the he presents in the ate: ~tal Use of major crops wheat, cotton and r.isen steadily and is now at Still, real ['arm prices inflation) are now one- ]t they were in 1975. Back U.S. farm price ) a bushel. Adjusted for inflation, that would be like getting $6.38 a bushel in 2002 dollars. The actual price this year is around $2 a bushel. .to Export volume of major crops has remained stable from 1975 down to today - despite a variety of efforts to promote exports and overseas sales. In fact, we are selling 20 percent less wheat overseas than we did in 1975 - and virtually the same amount of corn and beans. • ". Domestic use of major crops has steadily increased throughout the period. For corn, it jumped from 4.5 billion bushels to 7.0 billion, for wheat it jumped from 800 million bushels to 1.3 billion, and for soybeans fi'om 1.0 billion to t.9 billion. Yet again - market prices have not responded. °:° The U.S. Agricultural Trade Balance has sharply declined when inflation is factored in. Our trade balance today is about $15 billion, the same dollar level as in 1975. But when you factor in inflation, the 1975 figure would be more than $40 billion in 2002 dollars. That means that in order to get the same economic benefit today that we got back in 1975, we would have to be selling $25 billion more overseas. o:o The ratio of stocks to use is vmy tight by historical standards - yet again, this has not produced higher commodity prices. • :" Gross income per acres is at record lows. Dramatic increases in yields since the 1970s have not offset the decline in commodity prices, even coupled with record-high government payments. For example, in 1975 a soybean farmer could average 29 bushels an acre. In 2002 dollars, his income from that acre would be $497. In 2002, even with a yield of 40 bushels an acre, the farmer makes only $218 an acre. The facts and figures in Dittrich's report lead us back to the same question: Why are prices so low'? More specifically, we have to ask: Why are prices so low when domestic use of corn, beans and wheat has almost doubled? Why are prices so low when stocks are tight and demand is high? Are the USDA's crop reports accurate - and if so, why don't the markets respond to them'? What role do the commodity investment and hedge funds play in holding prices down'? Why have the investments farmers made in better seeds and other techniques to produce higher yields not paid off in higher farm income? What is the role of giant agribusiness's like e Conservation will hold a public April 15 in St. the most effective Use third party vendors to technical assistance to and others. The use of is a key componet and Senate versions 2002 Farm Bill, now S. meeting will be held to 2 P.m. at the Best Inn, Highway 23 and St. Cloud. It will offer Uty for farmers and leaders, and other Participants to inform it can best use technical assistance from Know Get new ARM TESTING METERS at no, or low cost. Delivered to your door free. No forms to fill No Upfront Costs! CALL 1(800) 894 4997 now! All Amencan Diabetes Supply, Inc. www.allamericandiabetescom external sources. is the scientific and guidance Y plan, design, install, and maintain conservation practices -- the key to getting conservation applied on the land. "Traditionally, NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) have provided technical assistance to landowners and others," said Bill Hunt, state conservationist for NRCS in Minnesota. "NRCS and SWCDs will continue to provide that assistance. However, due to our current heavy workload, technical assistance also will be available through individuals and organizations, or third party technical assistance providers or vendors. The vendors will be certified to provide this assistance on behalf of USDA.'" Hunt said use of third party vendors will ensure NRCS and SWCDs can service Minnesota's farmers promptly. "Our top priority is to ensure Minnesota farmers and other landowners receive quality USDA service in a timely manner," he continued. "Third party vendors will ensure that NRCS and SWCDs can do this even better than they are doing it now." The public, especially farmers ,and ranchers, are invited to attend, speak and/or provide written comments at this meeting. Those who wish to speak at the forum may sign up at the forum. The length of time allotted to each speaker will be determined by the number of registered speakers. In addition, NRCS is encouraging speakers to bring written comments to ensure their complete testimony is included in the agency's official record. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can submit written comment to Bill Hunt. State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 375 Jackson Street, Suite 600, St. Paul , MN 55101. E-mail submissions • Bagley to meet April 17 disaster assistance ~ next meeting of the Bagley , COUnty executive "learwater County, federal regulations Noninsured Crop Program (NAP) effective March a result of this to apply for has been 18, 2002. "All rlnesota who raise to have filed an COVerage in their Agency (FSA) applicable fees by s April 18, 2002, in effective for stated. 2001 NAP crop .reported to the FSA 18, 2002, in order to the NAp Actual (APH)- All 2002 reported by the dates for 2003 Vary by crop," fruit and vegetable crops, sod crops and any other crops not covered by FCIC. Premiums are $100 per crop, not to exceed $300 per year. Any person who wished to obtain a copy of the proposed regulations may do so by accessing the Government Printing Office web site, and clicking on GPO Access; Federal Register; 2002; Tuesday, March 19, 2002; Commodity Credit Corporation; TEXT. All comments should be submitted as directed in the proposed rules and must be received by April 18, 2002, to be considered. Any producer with questions should contact the Clearwater County FSA Office at 694-6584. any crops not In Clearwater :lude such crops hay over five hay over four crops, pasture, WNET will be April 17, 7:30 a.m. at the D & R Caf6. This month, the group will plan the topics and speakers to be featured throughout the rest of the year. All area businesswomen are encouraged to attend. WNET stands for "Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training." The purpose of the group is to provide a mentoring and support group for women business owners. Participants find practical support and guidance from a range of individuals with a wealth of experience in an informal, ongoing relationship - the most effective way to. build a network. Future meetings will discuss: financial ratios, group insurance plans, grant-writing, community economic development, principals of marketing, procedures and information on incorporating, and many more. In addition, local business needs 'and strategic planning will be at the forefront of each meeting. The group is open to all women business owners, as well as those interested in starting their own business. Bagley WNET is sponsored by the Minnesota Women's Business Center. For more information, phone MWBC toll-free, 1-877-908-9469. The MWBC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Protect your engine with Cenex lubricants ON ist Your Wheels aligned now! Fuel Assistance Vendor 211 So. Main, Bagley 694-6228 Cargill, which sell farmers their inputs and also buy their crops? Why have the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to promote sale of U.S. farm products overseas failed to produce any noticeable increases in exports'? And why has the value of what we export fallen so dramatically? Farmers need answers to these questions, and that's why I am pushing fl~r an investigation of the commodity markets by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. The Congress is the only body with the independence and the power to get some answers to these questions - and then to pass the laws to fix the problems. Something is holding down commodity prices when everything says they should be going up. That &)esn't smell right. Something doesn't 'acid up at the Chicago Board of Trade. And we need to get to the bottom of it. (Rep. Ted Winter had represented House District 22A in southwestern Minnesota since 1987. He raises corn and soybeans on his family farm near Fulda in northern Nobles County.) should be sent to ' All information gathered from the meeting, as well as written comments, will be used to help USDA design an effex;tive and efficient delivery system tbr Minnesota producers. The information also will be instrumental in developing national guidance, policy, procedures for the third party vendor process. Similar meetings are being held in every state in the nation. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is the primary federal agency that provides technical assistance to private landowners to help them protect their natural resources. NRCS District Conservationists in Minnesota spend most of~ their time on the state's working land -- cropland, pasture, and forestland. ]'hey work closely with the state's soil and water conservation districts through field offices that serve nearly every county in the state. For more information about the fl)rum, please contact Paul Flynn, State Resource Conservationist, at 651-602-7870. SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 10 A.M. LOCATION: BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 2-3/4 miles BEMIDJI, MN N on Hwy #71 TRACTORS: 1970 IH 856 DSL, 3 pt., dual PTO, dual hyd, 100 hp Hiniker ob, 18.4x34 tires, good tractor; IH 400, gas, live PTO, TA, w/loader & bucket, completely restored! John Oeere 40 w/WF & 3-point hitch; John ~mre M (restored); 1950 Case 611 B, gas, 3 pt., PTO, hyd., 44 hp, 60% tires; John Deere 50 w/#45 loader; John Deere 2010 w/3-point hitch; John Deere 720 dsl, pony motor; 1951 AC WD45 w/loader; Allis Chalmers "B" - completely restored: Farmall F-20 w/loader - runs; BOBCAT/CRAWLERS: 1994 Bobcat 753, 4 cyl., Kubota DSL, 1050 hrc., runs good; 1 05- Caterpillar D-4 (7U Series) DSL w/pony mtr., 9-1/2' hyd. dozer, 1945 Caterpillar D-4 (2T Senes), DSL w/pony mtr., 9-1/2' hyd. dozer, new rails, rollers; (Note: Both cats good cond. & operate well). POSI-TRACK: 1995 ASV Mod. #70 w/2,700 hrs.; MINI SKID STEER: Ramrod 900 T-eL stand-on skid steer loader w/42" bucket (wheel style) new machine HYSTERS: Hyster 3-wheel forklift, 2,500 Ib. lift; Hyster 4-wheel forklift, 4,000 lb. lift; Note: Both are propane w14 cyL Wisc.; WRECKER TRUCK: 1971 Ford F-600, 2 ton, 330 V8, 4- spd, rebuilt mtr. & heads, new paint, good tires, w/Holmes 460 wrecker body & cable; HAYING EQUIPMENT: JD #1600 14' hyro-swing hsybine; NH #499 12' hydro-swing haybine; Hesston #5580 round baler; Hesston #5500 round baler; JD #430 round baler; NH #851 chain round baler; Vermeer 605C round baler; MF #124 square baler & Other Equip.!l: EQUIPMENT: IH Cycle 4-row corn planter, fiberglass, fert. boxes, fert. auger, complete w/monitor; NH 717 2-row corn chopper w/hayI head; Eversman 2-1/2 yd. hyd. scraper; Ford i 5' PTO pull brush mower; New - Woods~ #L503 5', 3 pt. belly mower; YARD-GARDEN: New Items: John Deere F-.535 front mower Husqvama 970 front mower; Husqvarna YTH 150 lawn tractor; Husqvama LTH 1342 & 130 lawn tractors; Husqvama CTH 150 lawn tractor; John Deere 600C push mower; 2 John Deere 8 hp, 26" snowblowers Husqvama 7 hp, 23" snowblower; 2 Job Deere 67B walk-behind tillers; Used Items: 1998 & 1995 JD 425 all wheel steer lawn tractor w/54" deck; 2 Husqvama YTH 180 lawn tractors; Snapper 16 hp hydrostatic lawn tractor w/42" deck; John Deere SRX95 lawn tractor; Simplicity 16 hp lawn tractor w/52" deck; AIR TRAVEL: 1992 Parascender (parachute airplane) w/2 cyl. rotax motor (60 hrs. on mtr.), travels 27 mph, 4-blade propeller, high peff. chute - excellent condition! Ultra-life (early 80's) Weedhopper Cholia 2-blade motor, aluma frame single seat, good fabnc; TRAILERS: Ouad-axle 36' goose neck w/Dexter 6,000 lb. axles (2 new), 29' flat w/6' beaver tail, built-on ramps, new tires; Schuster 8x16' tri-axle dump trailer w/4' sides & elec./hyd lift; COLLECTOR AUTOS: 1989 Maserati TC by Chrysler, convertible w/removable hard top, 2.2L turbo 4 cyl., 2 dr., 2 seats, leather, auto, loaded! California car, 3,000 miles on new motor, red color; 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 2 dr., 425 V8, leather, loaded, 139,000 mi. all ong., good condition! 1961 Cadillac Sedan OeVille w/pop-up camper mounted on back seat & trunk area. Runs - many parts! 1982 Pontiac Trans AM w/rebuilt 350 high performance motor, 350 auto, trans., Elderbrook carb., new paint; 1993 Mercury Capri convertible, auto trans., 4 cyl., new top - exc. cond.l TRUCKS: 1990 Ford F-150 4x4, XLT Lanat, ext. cab, auto., 302 VS, 107,000 miles, new tires, matching topper - good; 1969 Ford cab/over truck, Cat. VS, 5x2 trans., 30' new steel flatbed, cable winch; 1975 Ford 1-ton dually, 360 V8, 4 spd.,12' flatbed - good! 1985 Chev. Sub. 4x4, 350 V8, clean! 1985 Jeep Wagoneer LTD, 4x4, 2.8L, V6, auto; 1981 Chev Scottsdale 4x4, 1/2 ton, 350, V8, auto (new paint, brakes, tires), nice! 1981 GMC 1/2 ton, 350 Olds motor, auto., topper, (only 50,000 miles on motor); 1984 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4, auto., 300 6-cyl., loaded w/cruise, dual tanks; SPORT: 2000 Suzuki 4 wheeler 4x4, 300cc, 6' snowplow, winch & bumper, 1,000 miles; 1997 Arctic Cat ZR440, 1,700 mi.; Honda 90cc 3-wheeler. AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Taking items until auction time, Many items subject to prior sale - CALL. What a wide variety of items to sell on this auction. Very motivated seller! Hardly any miscellaneous items so be on time! Randy NORTHSTAR AUCTIONS Randy Black 218-586-2240 Bemidji, MN WEBSITE: E.Maih TERMS: Picture I,D, required to register, C,~h, good check, Visa and Mastercard accepted, U.S. Funds, bl- F 7 ~0 a m -5 30 p m Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 2:0(i) pro. 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Great for Decks RR Ties ;'-~˘J"'~"~ " ." 39˘ sq: ft. 150 OFF $5.99 ea. 36' Hog - $14.99 Stock Lengths: Stock Sizes 52' Cattle - $14.99 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 ft. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 ft Check out our picnic tables and wood patio furniture, also. II "Any Project Bzg or Small l] 11 4a , We re The Place That Has It All! ,\