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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Long record of congressional support for farmers by Sen. Dick Lugar, Chairman Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry ***** Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been concerned about the low farm comrnodity prices, and in some regions, multiple years of weather disasters. The Democrats have tried, and failed, three times to bring back a major element of the Depression era federal farm programs. Republicans have provided several billions of dollars in market transition payments and other programs that benefit the farm sector. Large production worldwide - including likely bumper crops in many parts of the U.S. - has coincided with slumping demand attributable largely to the Asian crisis. If farm exports to Asia had only keep pace with last year, we would be setting another record for exports, as our shipments to most other destinations are up. Instead, there has been a 10 percent decline in U.S. farm exports. Congress has worked on initiatives aimed at strengthening the long-run health of our farm and ranch economy. There is, unfortunately, no single "magic bullet" that will instantly make all farmers prosperous. Several Democrat Senators have proposed legislation to increase loan rates. Such a course has a short-term appeal, but is a long-term disaster for -farmers. A higher loan rate stimulates more production than the market can absorb. The result is surplus, and lower, not higher, prices. Higher loan rates also encourage production to be stored rather than marketed. A higher loan rate sends an undesirable signal to our competitors, telling them the U.S. is returning to the business of maintaining prices above market-clearing levels. Raising Joan rates would also be expensive - costing between $3-4 billion. Instead of implement!no costly and ineffective legislation to help America sfarmers, we should take steps to encourage long-term health of our farm and ranches. Most farm organizations support the long- term course. Congress will soon consider a renewal of presidential fast-track trade authority. Comprehensive agricultural trade talks are scheduled to start next year, so having the authority to negotiate is critical to success. We will not open foreign markets and increase farm exports without it. One of the chief causes of today s low farm prices is plummeting Asian demand, and IMF funding will be part of the solution to that problem. The Senate has overwhelmingly passed IMF funding, and we must continue to push reform of the IMF. The crop insurance program must be maintained and improved. Earlier this year, Congress provided new funding - completely offset with s en ling cuts - to ensure that crop insurance has the f nat :ial 3ase it needs. We will need to address the problems posed by multi-year crop failures and the actuarial soundness of high risk farming situations. We must push for sanctions reform. American agriculture is heavily dependent on exports. One of every three acres we plant must be exported. Last year, American agriculture contributecl a net $22 billion surplus to our balance of trade, more than any other sector. Economic sanctions weaken our international competitiveness, lower our global market share, abandon our established market to others and jeopardize billions in export earnings. Senators on both sides of the aisle have made innovative proposals to recognize the variability of farm income. One tax code change is Senator Grassley's (R-IA) Farm and Ranch Risk Management (FARRM) proposal which will allow farmers to save income tax-free for bad times. This should be included in any new tax legislation, as well as capital gains and estate tax relief and legislation allowing self-employed to deduct health insurance costs. Congress has suggested innovative ways to promote agricultural exports and food aid. A bipartisan group of Senators hasproposed substantial expansion of overseas food aidthrough the CCC Charter Act and encouraged the President to immediately implement theprogram. The Senate provided $600 million in new funding for future-oriented, cutting-edge agricultural research. Another $600 million is included in this year's appropriation bill. The Senate approved $500 million in disaster aid in the agriculture appropriations bill now in conference. That figure may increase as the Department of Agriculture brings us an updated estimate of the damage nationwide. Finally, we have continued to support Freedom to Farm, which is a source of help, not harm, for farmers. For 1996 through 1998, American farmers will receive $6.4 billion more in market transition payments that they would have gotten in deficiency payments under the old farm bill. The 1996 act did not abolish price support loans. Under the loan provision of the FAIR Act, farmers will get $2-3 billion in marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments for 1998 crops. That amount is a direct income support for farmers and they do not have to pay it back. The transition payments are in addition to these ains from the loan program. For 1998 crops, rmers will receive 5.7 billion dollars and for 1998 crops, they will receive 5.5 billion dollars. The last installment of the 1998 payments is being sent out this month. Because of the legislation passed in July, farmers will begin receiving early 1999 payments next month if they choose. -In addition to chairing the Agriculture Committee, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana is the senior Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees. He owns a 604-acre corn, soybean and tree farm in Marion Count IN. Mr A00I" /?AII [/00.00XFZt Hospice Dinner II rC i At Ortonvdle 1 lO 12 14 18 22 3 8 I CLUES ACROSS 1. Has a wish 4. Animal fat 8. Bump 10. Spirit 11. Curve 12. Pelvis bones 13. Ruler 14. African antelopes 15. Pigment deficient person 18. Control medicines 20. Join 22. Della n, angel 23. Musician 24. Factories 25. Collision ) 13 17 z3 SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Hopes 4. Tallow 8. Tap 10. Genie il. Arc 12. Sacra 13. Pharaoh 14. Elands 15. Albino 18. Placebos 20. Pair 22. Reese 23. Soloist 24. Plants 25. Pileup 5 I1 21 m ? CLUES DOWN I. Spirited horse 2. Cure-all 3. Successive exposures, print. 5. Able to let up 6. Girl's given name 7. Careful! 9. Insect parts 16. Picture 17. State capital 19. Stadium 21. Jai SOLUTIONS DOWN I. High stepper 2. Panacea 3. Step and repeat 5. Abatable 6. Lucia 7. Watch your step 9. Palpi 16. Imagine 17. Boise 19. Arena 21. Alai CA980002 The annual Hospice Benefit Dinner will be served on Friday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. The proceeds will be used to benefit the local Hospice Programs and the Grief Center, and is hosted by the Ortonville/Graceville Rice Hospice Branch. Tickets are $5 per person, and chili, soup, sandwiches and salads will be served. CHICAGOAN likes it here! You see David Kopka of EMC Distribution (sellers of newsprint) out of Chicago, trying his luck fishing on the southern shores of Big Stone Lake. David was in town one day last week visiting one of his clients, The Ortonville Independent. He was traveling alone and always takes a portable fishing rod with him. We don't know what kind of luck he had, for he only had a few hours to fish, but David says he wishes his firm could move their offices to Big Stone Lake. "1 like it here!" a million Mr. Ross: I'm trying very hard not to sound bitter as I make my request. It seems that those who work to do the right thing are left behind, while those who "break the rules" come out ahead. In the news we hear about a young woman involved in a public scandal who has been awarded with fame and a national magazine cover. Closer to home the people across the street are selling drugs openly from their front stoop and driving beautiful cars and wearing expensive leather jackets. My husband and I work very hard every day, not at the most glamourous jobs, but at honest jobs and we can barely pay the rent. We have a one year old son and it breaks my heart that I can't give him even the barest necessities. Part of me is desperate and part of me is angry. I would like to get my son some shoes and clothes for winter, which would cost less than $200. I hope that you can find us deserving. Mrs. M. B .... New York, NY Dear Mrs. B.: To have a child and want the best for him is not a crime. However, it is a crime to resort to illegal activities, so you can provide a better way of life for him. Don't fall into the fray. I've made arrangements for your personal shop ping trip at a "Kids R Us" near your home. They understand just how precious children are and what the slings and arrows of parenthood mean. So soften your heart because being an honest, hard working parent still pays off. Best wishes. Dear Mr. Ross: About 2 years ago I spent $1,950 to bail a long time lady friend out of jail. It was her last chance to get straightened out or she was going to prison. She missed her court date and was arrested again. She's still in prison today. She promised me the return of my money, but I know now that I will never see it again. I have a lot of faith in people, but I no longer have faith in women. I'm asking for the $1,950 to use for a dating service. I make only $5.25 an hour. My mom is not well and I don't want to spend my life alone. I have a few friends, however, they don't know any girls to fix me up with. It has been 18 months since I had a date. Could you please help me? Mr. D. P .... Times/Pennysaver, South Bend, IN Dear Mr. P.: I'm sorry you got duped out of $1,950, hut I'm even sorrier that you have lost faith in women. However, if I sent you $1,950 it would only reinforce that men are good, women are bad and dating services provide no guarantees. Live and learn, and then move on. Mr. Percy: THANKS A MILLION-what a joke! I have written you 3 times in a year. All I asked for was $350 to buy me a pet. I lost my dog to sickness and I miss her so much. But you're too busy helping people with $1,000 to blacktop their driveway or sending money to help a person with food-yeah, right! Well, I think you are just out to upset and hurt people like me. So just stop your column and then you'll stop bursting people's dreams. Mrs. L. E... Post- Dispatch, St. Louis, Me Dear Mrs. F.: Is it OK for a doctor to practice medicine even though that doctor will not be able to cure all his patients? I hope so. Is it OK for a lawyer to practice law, even though some of his clients will not be found innocent? I think so. Is it OK for Percy Ross to be a philanthropist even though he can't help everyone who writes him? It better be, because I have no intentions of stopping, even if it means being raked over the coals. Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. thanksamillion, com. Write Percy Ross, PO Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include ),our phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privatel): [ INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! [ SEE OUR PHOTO COUNTER FOR CONVENIENT ORDER FORM CARTWRIGHT DRUG & GIFTS Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone (320) 839-6102 The Independent (U:S.P.S. 412..44 JEANEI-rE Publisher JAMES D. 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